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Calif. On Verge Of Regulating Groundwater Supply For 1st Time

The state Assembly on Friday voted 44-27 to send the bill, AB1739, to Gov. Jerry Brown, whose administration has been shaping the rules. Two companion bills were sent to the Senate and were expected to win approval later in the day.

08/29/2014

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When ‘Yes Means Yes': Assembly Passes Campus Sexual-Assault Bill

California is on the brink of becoming the first state to define when “yes means yes” while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses.

08/25/2014

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Assembly Rejects Bill That Would Ban Plastic Bags Statewide

The Assembly on Monday rejected legislation that would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, but the bill could be heard again later this week.

08/25/2014

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Man In Need Of Artificial Heart Machine Says DWP Threatening To Shut Off Power To Home

A West Hills man who needs an artificial heart machine to stay alive said that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is threatening to shut off the power to his home.

CBS2 / KCAL9–06/26/2014

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Calif. Senate To Vote On Gun Violence Bill In Wake Of Isla Vista Shootings

The State Senate Public Safety Committee has passed a bill, in wake of the Isla Vista shootings, that would allow for the temporary removal of firearms from individuals who are at risk for committing violence.

CBS2 / KCAL9–06/25/2014

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Brown Signs Bill To Fully Fund Teachers’ Pensions

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill creating a long-term plan to pay down California’s $74 billion in unfunded teacher pension liabilities.

06/24/2014

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Senate OKs Bill Easing Firings For Teacher Abuse

Senators unanimously passed AB215 on a 33-0 vote Monday. The bill by Democratic Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan of Alamo creates a separate hearing process for teachers who are charged with egregious misconduct.

06/09/2014

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New Calif. Bill Would Require Consent Before Sex On College Campuses

A potential new law could change the way college students engage in sexual activity on campus.

CBS2 / KCAL9–06/05/2014

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Senate Approves Bill Criminalizing Synthetic Drugs

The bill by Democratic Sen. Cathleen Galgiani of Stockton targets synthetic marijuana or stimulants known as “spice” and “bath salts.”

05/29/2014

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Bill Aims To Prevent College Sexual Violence

The state Senate on Thursday approved legislation requiring California colleges and universities to adopt anti-sexual assault policies that include a written standard for personal consent.

05/29/2014

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Bill Would Require Condoms During Porn Filming

Porn performers in California must wear condoms during film shoots and their employers must provide regular testing under a bill that passed the state Assembly on Tuesday.

CBS2 / KCAL9–05/27/2014

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Calif. Senate Holds Immigrant Health Coverage Bill

The state Senate is holding legislation that seeks to extend health care coverage to immigrants who are in the country illegally until lawmakers find a way to pay for it.

05/23/2014

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Underage College Student Wine And Beer Tasting Bill Advances

It would be legal for underage college students aspiring to be winemakers and brewers to taste what they produce under a bill approved by the state Assembly.

CBS2 / KCAL9–05/15/2014

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California Smartphone ‘Kill Switch’ Bill Advances

On a second attempt, California lawmakers advanced a bill Thursday that would require electronics manufacturers to install a shut-off function in all smartphones as a way to deter what one senator called a crime wave of thefts.

05/08/2014

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State Senate Approves Bill That Would Drop Traditional Definition Of Marriage As ‘Between A Man And Woman’

The bill was sent to the Assembly on a 25-10 vote, with only Republicans in opposition. Two Republicans, Anthony Cannella of Ceres and Ted Gaines of Roseville, voted in favor.

05/01/2014

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