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  • New law aims to keep contraband out of state mental hospitals

    Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law a bill that makes it a misdemeanor to deliver contraband such as tobacco products or wireless devices to state mental hospital patients.The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo) and co-aut
  • Special treatment for downtown stadium OK'd by Legislature

    The Legislature on Friday approved a special legal process for a proposed 72,000-seat football stadium in downtown Los Angeles, but not before trying to expand the exemption from protracted environmental court challenges to other big projects. The state...

    Republicans fail in rare attempt to override governor's veto

    California Republican lawmakers failed Thursday to engineer the first override of a gubernatorial veto in three decades.

    Initiative would make Legislature part time, slash its pay

    A proposal by Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) probably won't make her many friends among her colleagues. She wants to reduce the Legislature to part-time status and cut its pay from $95,000 annually to $1,500 a month. Grove is one of...

    California Republican plans new think tank

    Sen. Sam Blakeslee, one of the only Republican senators willing to try negotiating a budget deal with Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown last year, plans to start a new think tank after leaving the Legislature next year.