| Apr 7, 2015
| 2:13 PM
A far-ranging climate change measure cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, as billionaire environmental benefactor Tom Steyer appeared at the Capitol to trumpet the bill's economic benefits.
The measure, by Sens. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles)...
| Mar 9, 2015
| 3:13 PM
State lawmakers Monday announced plans to introduce an amendment to California's constitution that would bar state-funded colleges and universities from banning the American flag on school property.
The announcement comes two days after a five-member...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 7:12 PM
The state purchased $540,000 worth of new Ford Fusion Hybrids and other cars for legislators over the last 18 months, prompting criticism from taxpayer activists who call the vehicles unnecessary political perks given at a time when many Californians...
| May 26, 2014
| 5:44 PM
Two landmark liberal healthcare achievements are on a collision course in California, and the result could be higher costs for taxpayers.
Years ago, legendary activist Cesar Chavez helped create the first health insurance plan for farmworkers who toiled...
| May 28, 2014
| 4:27 PM
With Democratic senators watering down a key ethics bill, Republican lawmakers on Wednesday proposed their own package of changes in response to criminal charges filed against three California senators.
The Republican measure would double the sentence...
| May 9, 2014
| 1:50 PM
Amid concerns that proposed tougher ethics restrictions may not have enough support to become law this year, leaders of the state Senate are proposing that many of them be adopted as house rules in the interim.
Proposed state Senate resolutions would...
| May 13, 2013
| 2:33 PM
One day before Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to release his updated spending plan, Democrats in the Legislature began lining up empty bills to streamline the budget process.
The annual ritual is a reliable source of controversy in the Capitol, with...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 3:31 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Assemblyman Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) on Monday became the first to announce a candidacy for the Senate seat from which Bill Emmerson is resigning effective Dec. 1.
Emmerson, a Republican from Redlands, abruptly announced Friday...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 1:42 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday called a special election for March 25 to fill a vacancy in the state Senate created when Republican Sen. Bill Emmerson of Redlands abruptly resigned effective Dec. 1.
If no candidate receives a majority vote...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 11:08 PM
SACRAMENTO – State Assemblyman Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) won a special election Tuesday to fill a vacant seat in the state Senate, receiving 62.6% of the vote against four other candidates and therefore avoiding a runoff in June.
| Apr 3, 2014
| 10:28 AM
SACRAMENTO — The state Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would reduce the maximum possible misdemeanor sentence from one year to 364 days, to reduce deportations of legal residents for minor crimes.
The bill addresses concern that federal...