GOP Blocks Democratic Supermajority In California SenateRepublicans capitalized on Democrats' recent corruption scandals and successfully blocked them from regaining two-thirds control of the state Senate and picked up seats in the Assembly.
Next California Senate Leader Preps For Expensive Swearing-In At Disney Concert HallThe California Latino Caucus Foundation is picking up the estimated $50,000 tab. The invitation lists the event as the "Inauguration of Kevin de Leon," using language usually reserved for presidents and governors. The soiree will feature a 15-member, all-female mariachi band called Mariachi Divas.
California Legislature Withholding Report On Senior Staff Allegedly Playing Favorites With New Hires The review was to include whether the Senate's human resources director, Dina Hidalgo, had violated Senate policy because five members of her family work in the Capitol and at least three people got jobs after playing on her softball team.
Lawmakers Pass Bills On Guns And AmmoThe bills are designed help prevent tragedies such as the May shooting rampage near U.C. Santa Barbara.
Sentencing Delayed For Calif. Lawmaker Convicted Of 8 Felonies Sentencing has been delayed a second time for a state lawmaker who was suspended after his conviction for perjury and voter fraud.
Bill Seeking To Limit CEO Pay Fails In State SenateBill tried to address the growing wealth gap by tying CEO pay to California's corporate tax rate.
Candidate On Probation For Shoplifting Eyes Senate A 2011 surveillance video shows a woman with a bag walking into a Neiman Marcus store and trying on clothes. She buys some items and returns others before being stopped outside the high-end department store by security workers.
Senators Accuse GM Of Covering Up Defective SwitchMembers of a Senate subcommittee accused General Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths.
Democrats Derail GOP Attempt To Expel Senator Democrats in the Senate derailed an attempt Thursday by Republicans to expel a legislator convicted of perjury and voter fraud, prompting pointed comments by lawmakers from both parties.
Convicted State Senator Can Keep Serving, For NowA state lawmaker found guilty of voter fraud and perjury this week will be allowed to keep serving until a judge enters a formal conviction, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Thursday.
California Bill Would Allow 16-Year-Olds To Pre-Register To VoteA bill approved by the state Senate, would still require them to wait until age 18 to cast their first ballot.
CBS News: Senate Announces Deal To End Government Shutdown, Lift Debt CeilingWith hours left for Congress to finalize and pass legislation before the United States' borrowing authority expires, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., formally unveiled a plan Wednesday that will fund the government through Jan. 15 and lift the debt limit through Feb. 7.
Calif. State Senate Considers Public Records AmendmentCalifornia lawmakers on Tuesday will consider a swiftly drafted constitutional amendment that would affirm the public's right to inspect documents held by local governments while clarifying who should pay for making them available.
California Lawmakers Funnel Windfall Into RaisesThe compensation commission approved restoring wages back to the 2011 levels by a 5-1 vote.
Gun Control Opponents Say New Bill Would Criminalize Firearm OwnersSenate Bill 299 would require every person whose gun was stolen or lost to report it to law enforcement within 48 hours, or be in violation of the law.