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  • California Senate panel shelves GOP ethics bill

    State Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a Republican bill that proposed some of the toughest ethics and campaign finance restrictions put forward since three Democratic lawmakers were suspended while facing criminal charges, two of them involving corruption.
  • California Senate approves blackout period for campaign fundraising

    Seeking to counter bad publicity over a series of scandals, the state Senate on Monday approved a bill that would ban campaign fundraising during the 30 days before the budget is approved and the 30 days before the end of each year’s session....

    Bills targeting sugary sodas, plastic bags, grease theft survive

    Bills targeting sugary sodas, plastic bags, grease theft survive
    What do sugar-laden soft drinks, flimsy plastic shopping bags and used kitchen grease have in common? They are the focus of controversial legislation in Sacramento. So far, they've survived a gauntlet of lobbying and multiple committee and floor votes...

    Calif. Senate adopts new ethics standards, rejects others

    The state Senate took action Monday aimed at restoring public trust after a series of scandals by creating a new position of ethics ombudsman, installing protections for whistle-blowers and banning the raising of campaign funds during August, the last...

    How did accused politician Leland Yee get 300,000 votes?

    SAN FRANCISCO — In this week's largely sleepy California election, there was one startling result: more than 300,000 ballots cast for Leland Yee for secretary of state, good enough for third place, even though he dropped out after being accused of...