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  • Lawmakers tinker with crime measure recently OK'd by voters

    Four months after California voters lowered penalties for certain crimes, state lawmakers and law enforcement officials are lining up with proposals to repeal portions of the new law that they say have created unintended consequences, such as reducing the number of DNA samples taken from suspects.
  • California's troubled jobless agency works out glitches

    California's troubled jobless agency works out glitches
    The state finally has stepped up its once-weak effort to get unemployment benefits more efficiently to nearly 3 million jobless Californians. After several years of pitiful phone service, late payments, computer gaffes and bureaucratic delays, the...

    Mary Nichols has 'rock star' influence as top air quality regulator

    A meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown and Chevron executives was ending when an oil company official turned to Mary Nichols, California's top regulator for air pollution. There was only so much Chevron could do to meet the state's rules, he told her. "I...

    Vote results prime new Legislature for GOP, Democratic cooperation

    Stung by losses in the November election, the California Legislature's Democratic majority arrives for the first day of a new session Monday facing a political terrain more hostile to tax increases and other priorities of liberal lawmakers. The...

    Prison guard union failed to report $24,603 in gifts to lawmakers

    Prison guard union failed to report $24,603 in gifts to lawmakers
    The state’s powerful prison guard union has agreed to pay $5,500 in fines for failing to properly disclose nearly $25,000 in gifts it provided to state lawmakers during a three-year period. The gifts include lodging, meals, wine and spa bags for...