| Jun 16, 2014
| 9:52 PM
Democratic state Sen. Kevin de León of Los Angeles was elected by his peers Monday to become the next president pro tem of the Senate. He said his priorities as leader will include restoring public trust in the Legislature after a series of scandals.
| Jun 9, 2014
| 2:47 PM
The state Senate took action Monday aimed at restoring public trust after a series of scandals by creating a new position of ethics ombudsman, installing protections for whistle-blowers and banning the raising of campaign funds during August, the last...
| May 28, 2014
Shocked by the weekend's mass killings near UC Santa Barbara, state lawmakers on Tuesday proposed a new way to temporarily prevent potentially violent individuals from buying or owning guns.
Legislators also advanced dozens of unrelated bills,...
| 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 30, 2014
| 11:40 AM
Following the lead of Los Angeles, state lawmakers have given initial approval to a requirement that candidates for state office provide copies of all campaign mailers and television and radio ads for posting on a state website within 24 hours so the...
| May 31, 2014
| 6:00 AM
California voters gave the state Legislature its highest marks in years despite a recent spate of political scandals that could put three Democratic lawmakers behind bars, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.
Respondents were evenly...
| May 16, 2014
| 5:20 PM
Rocked by scandals that have left three members on suspension, the leadership of the state Senate has drafted new “Standards of Conduct” to be considered by the Rules Committee on Wednesday.
The 12 standards are fairly common-sense, led...
| May 18, 2014
| 6:58 PM
A trio of Democratic lawmakers, suspended from their posts and facing possible jail time on criminal charges, are star attractions in legislative races across California even though they're not running for reelection.
Republicans are using the...
| May 19, 2014
| 2:25 PM
California officials would have to say “no” if offered free tickets to a Beyoncé concert, Dodgers game or Disneyland, under new gift rules approved Monday by the state Senate.
The new rules, which were sent Monday to the Assembly for...
| May 21, 2014
| 3:29 PM
The state Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday approved three measures aimed at improving ethics in the scandal-plagued upper house, including the creation of an ombudsman to receive allegations of misconduct and a blackout on campaign fundraising during...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 9:38 PM
SACRAMENTO — A raft of bills to set tougher ethics rules for California politicians cleared their first legislative hurdle Tuesday as the state Senate prepared for a daylong refresher course on standards of conduct.
Lawmakers say better...