| Aug 29, 2014
| 6:31 PM
The Assembly gave final approval Friday to a measure that would temporarily remove firearms from potentially dangerous individuals.
Lawmakers introduced the measure after the massacre near UC Santa Barbara, when a disturbed man killed six university...
| Aug 30, 2014
| 1:48 AM
A bill that would significantly expand working Californians' access to paid time off for sick leave cleared the Legislature early Saturday morning.
The measure by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) would require employers to give their workers...
| Aug 30, 2014
| 12:13 AM
After a lawmaking season that left them bruised by political scandal but salved by California's revitalized economy, state lawmakers were attempting to wrap up their work late Friday by tackling the complexities of water policy, everyday matters such as...
| Aug 23, 2014
| 5:50 PM
With one week remaining until they adjourn for the year, California legislators have saved the hardest votes for last.
By midnight Aug. 31, they must address such contentious issues as whether to ban plastic carryout bags from supermarkets statewide,...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 10:23 AM
Parents and other family members of three UC Santa Barbara students shot to death in the Isla Vista massacre appealed to state lawmakers Tuesday to approve a bill aimed at preventing similar tragedies in the future.
In a letter, 11 relatives of Katie...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 11:30 AM
Lawmakers in the Assembly approved a measure Thursday to require smartphones sold in the state to have a "kill switch" function that would allow owners to remotely deactivate them.
The bill, by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), would require all...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 6:00 AM
One summer Saturday in the Bay Area city of Richmond, nitric acid leaked from a tank at a metal plating company, forming a toxic cloud that floated over a neighborhood of small houses and stucco apartments.
"People were coughing. They were gasping for...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 11:32 AM
SACRAMENTO — The top Democrat and Republican on the California Assembly budget committee both reacted with cautious optimism to Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal Thursday, while calling for greater investments in their parties' divergent...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 8:50 PM
A Northern California metal-plating business and its owner were charged Thursday with felony violations of state hazardous waste laws, including storing cyanide near acid in a way that could have triggered a deadly accident.
Electro-Forming Co. and...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 6:20 PM
The California Legislature approved a $156.4-billion state budget on Sunday, capping a week of intense negotiations over education, social services and environmental policies.
The spending plan -- which includes a $108-billion general fund, $7.3 billion...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 2:17 PM
A longtime state senator and former New Jersey governor, Richard Codey, said the Isla Vista shootings that left six students dead last month have led him to introduce a bill that would allow firearms to be temporarily seized from gun owners who are proved...