| 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...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 10:19 PM
California lawmakers took a step Tuesday toward an overhaul of the voter-approved 1998 law requiring English-only instruction in public schools, another victory for Latino legislators seeking to strip away polarizing laws aimed at immigrants....
| Aug 27, 2014
| 11:43 AM
With support from families who lost loved ones in the Isla Vista massacre in May, the state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation aimed at taking guns away from people seen as a danger to themselves or others.
The bill, which goes back to the...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 9:44 PM
California lawmakers voted Wednesday to require that law enforcement agencies obtain warrants to use drones for surveillance and appeared poised to pass legislation that would allow guns to be confiscated from people declared dangerous.
| 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,...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 2:25 PM
One California lawmaker plans to introduce a bill in January that will protect unpaid interns from sexual harassment and other discrimination at work.
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) said the legislation will give these interns, most often...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 1:34 PM
SACRAMENTO -- With California's finances rebounding, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) sees an opportunity to stash billions of dollars in a rainy day fund and spend more money on social services and educational programs.