| May 23, 2014
| 11:10 PM
Nearly 200 proposals were shelved in the Legislature on Friday, including controversial measures that would have provided healthcare coverage to people in the country illegally, imposed a tax on oil drilled from the ground and created a voluntary...
| Aug 31, 2014
| 6:21 PM
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.
| Aug 29, 2014
| 8:20 PM
Lawmakers approved Friday a package of bills that would lay the foundation for regulating California's groundwater statewide for the first time in its history.
Supporters said the landmark proposal would bring much needed oversight to the underground...
| 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 21, 2014
| 10:03 PM
California community colleges could offer four-year degrees for the first time, and suspension of defiant schoolchildren would be curtailed, under proposals sent to Gov. Jerry Brown by the Legislature on Thursday.
Bids to reduce sentences for some...
| 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 25, 2014
| 9:59 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown and California lawmakers addressed technology's dark side Monday, with Brown approving a requirement for "kill switches'' on smartphones and legislators requesting new protection for victims of revenge porn and identity theft.
| Aug 17, 2014
| 6:05 PM
They're all patting themselves on the back in the state Capitol for finally achieving a water bond deal. And that's fine. It was a momentous act.
But what really would be historic — and worth running self-congratulatory reelection ads about...
| Aug 9, 2014
| 7:07 PM
As California continues to endure a calamitous lack of water from the sky, the state could, for the first time, start to regulate water drawn from the ground.
Groundwater regulation has been politically poisonous since the state's founding. But...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 6:36 PM
It's not just reservoirs and aqueducts that are drying up in the state's drought. Under the ground, aquifers that store water relied on by more than three-quarters of Californians are being over-pumped, often to such an extent that the earth above them...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 9:55 PM
Hours after a man was charged with arson that allegedly caused the sprawling King fire east of Sacramento, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed into law tougher penalties for those who cause major fires.
The measure reinstates a law that...