Citing budget conditions, the new leader of the state Senate has begun restructuring the chamber’s administrative staff by laying off dozens of employees.
Lawmakers are facing a Sunday deadline to pass a $108 billion spending plan that will meet Gov. Jerry Brown’s demands for a rainy day fund and paying down debt while allocating some of the surplus to programs benefiting lower-income Californians.
The California Senate approved a plan Monday that would require the state to hand out condoms at adult prisons, despite a ban on having sex behind bars.
The state Senate has approved legislation that would require California’s public schools to include gay history in social studies lessons.
Voters in the 28th District, which includes Long Beach and Marina del Rey, re-elected Jenny Oropeza last week, even though she died in October.
Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer on Saturday stepped up the rhetoric against her Republican rival as she discounted the possibility that a wave of sentiment against Democrats and incumbents is chipping away at her lead.
Funeral services will be held next week for state Sen. Jenny Oropeza, who died Wednesday after a long illness.
California would delay kindergarten for thousands of youngsters under a bill approved by the state Senate.