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State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, center, D-Sacramento, flanked by fellow Senate Democrats, including Sen. Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles, left, and Mark Leno, of San Francisco. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Scandals plague Democrats in California capital

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — So far in 2014, each month has brought news of another arrest or conviction of a Democratic California state senator. The latest was Wednesday’s arrest of Sen. Leland Yee of San […]

03/27/2014

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Brown vetoes bill banning semi-automatic rifles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have banned future sales of most semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines, part of a firearms package approved by state lawmakers in […]

10/11/2013

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Lawmakers approve bill to aid Sacramento NBA arena

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Attempts to overhaul California’s landmark environmental law are expected to continue next year after the Legislature passed a narrow measure that focuses on assisting the effort to build an NBA arena […]

09/12/2013

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Senate leader takes over with Brown, Newsom gone

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is California’s acting governor, with the state’s two top chief executives out of state over the holiday weekend. The Sacramento Democrat used the position Thursday […]

08/30/2013

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Calif. Senate passes $96.3B Democratic budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Legislature began passing California’s massive state spending plan Friday amid sharp divisions over whether the compromise struck by Democrats and Gov. Jerry Brown will further the state’s recovery or eventually […]

06/14/2013

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Calif. environmental changes could aid Kings bid

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The leader of the California Senate says changes he is seeking to the state’s environmental-protection law could help Sacramento’s effort to keep its professional basketball team.

04/24/2013

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Calif. Dems advance wide-ranging gun control bills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers took their first step toward moving a package of gun control bills Tuesday, following tough firearm and ammunition restrictions enacted in several other states .

04/16/2013

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Brown sees tough path for environmental law reform

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown says he sees little support in the Legislature for overhauling California’s landmark environmental protection law, a comment that surprised the leader of the state Senate.

04/16/2013

Calif. bill would permit online courses for credit

LOS ANGELES (AP) – California would allow private, online education companies to offer courses for credit at state colleges and universities, under a bill introduced Wednesday in the state Legislature.

03/13/2013

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California Senate takes rare field trip to SoCal

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Most of California’s state Senate took part Tuesday in a rare and possibly unprecedented educational field trip.

03/06/2013

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Calif. lawmakers consider range of gun controls

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are promising to move cautiously as they consider tighter restrictions on handguns, assault rifles and ammunition purchases.

01/29/2013

California offered as national mental health model

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The leader of the state Senate says California’s approach to treating mental illness should serve as a national model in response to last week’s massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn.

12/20/2012

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