Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg

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Scandals Prompt Ethics Bills From Senate Democrats

Stung by criminal charges against two colleagues, the leader of the state Senate and other Democratic lawmakers on Thursday proposed tightening rules on lawmakers and lobbyists.


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Legislative Deadline Nears For Hundreds Of Calif. Bills

Hundreds of bills that failed to pass the Legislature last year face an end-of-the-month deadline to gain initial support, including measures affecting gun owners, the oil industry and farm laborers.


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Brown Vetoes Bill Banning Semi-Automatic Rifles

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have banned future sales of most semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines, part of a firearms package approved by state lawmakers in response to mass shootings in other states.


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Calif. Law Allows Minors To Delete Online Postings

Minors in California will have a chance to remove embarrassing photographs and potentially damaging postings on social media websites under a bill that has been signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.


Teens Social Media

Regrettable Social-Media Posts Would Be Easier For Teens To Delete Under New Bill

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg describes it like an eraser button. SB568 would require social-media websites to give minors a way to take down their photos or posts.


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Steinberg Takes Over With Brown, Newsom Gone

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is California’s acting governor, with the state’s two top chief executives out of state over the holiday weekend.


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Prison Plans Exposing Rift with Key California Democrats, Despite Supermajority

The Democratic leaders of the state Senate and Assembly have sparred over important legislation dealing with water, environmental protection, the Public Records Act, municipal corruption and more.


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California Senate OKs Regulations For Medicinal Marijuana

SACRAMENTO  (AP) – California would take steps to regulate the sale of medical marijuana under a bill approved Monday by the state Senate, restricting cannabis dispensaries that federal prosecutors say have grown out of control. […]


California State Senate President Pro Tem Sen. Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) (credit: Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

California Lawmakers Ask NBA To Block Kings Move

Four capital-area state lawmakers, including the leader of the state Senate, asked the National Basketball Association on Tuesday to prevent the Sacramento Kings from moving while they work with local officials to replace the team’s aging arena.


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Senate Leader Ready To End California Budget Talks

The Democratic leader of the state Senate says he is growing frustrated after weeks of negotiations with Republican lawmakers that have failed to yield a deal on Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget plan.


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Assembly And Senate Leaders Call For Budget Vote

Assembly Speaker John Perez has called for a vote on Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal tomorrow afternoon.