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  • Gov. Brown signs bill giving cities control over massage businesses

    Gov. Brown signs bill giving cities control over massage businesses
    Cities will have more authority to crack down on illicit massage parlors under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Thursday.
  • Bill to regulate California groundwater passes in state legislature

    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A package of bills aimed at regulating drought-parched California's stressed groundwater supplies were passed on Friday despite efforts by some agricultural interests to block bills in the waning days of the state legislative...

    In state Capitol, intransigence gives way to bipartisan deal-making

    It was past dark when a contingent of Republican senators filed into Gov. Jerry Brown's Capitol office as the deadline loomed for a plan to overhaul California's aging water system. A final deal was still elusive, and the Democratic governor needed...

    Productive lawmakers can thank a retooled system

    It was a moderately productive two-year session that the Legislature wrapped up at the witching hour Saturday. Credit mainly voter-approved reforms. This is a new era in Sacramento. But another factor also helped greatly: the devastating drought. You'...

    California lawmakers seek to require markings on BB guns

    California lawmakers seek to require markings on BB guns
    Alarmed by mistaken police shootings of teenagers, the state Senate on Thursday sent the governor a bill that would require BB and pellet guns sold in California to be marked with fluorescent colors. The bill was in response to a 2013 fatal shooting...