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California Lawmakers Advance Right-To-Die Bill

California lawmakers are expected to vote on legislation that would make it legal for terminally ill patients to end their lives with doctor-prescribed drugs.


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California May End Use Of Grand Juries In Police Shootings

The California state Senate is advancing legislation to end the use of grand juries to investigate police shootings or cases of alleged excessive force by police.


California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks onstage on October 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Variety)

Kamala Harris Raises $2.5M For California Senate Bid

Democrat Kamala Harris has raised $2.5 million since January for her U.S. Senate campaign in California.


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Calif. Senate Moves $1B Water Plan Amid Drought

The state Senate on Wednesday approved a $1 billion proposal to speed up spending on water projects and offer about $75 million in immediate aid to residents and wildlife in drought-stricken California.


California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks onstage on October 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Variety)

Kamala Harris Piles Up Endorsements In Senate Bid

It’s been more than three weeks since she announced her U.S. Senate candidacy and Kamala Harris hasn’t spoken a word at a public campaign event.


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Capitol Shoe Shine Guy Among Senate Layoffs

A man who has buffed shoes inside the Capitol for more than two decades is among those recently laid off by the state Senate.


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California Senate Layoffs Resulted From $4M Budget Gap

The state Senate faces a budget shortfall of between $3 million and $4 million this fiscal year, helping explain why it laid off 39 of its roughly 1,000 staff members last month.


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Senate Leader Begins New Term By Laying Off 39 Staffers

Citing budget conditions, the new leader of the state Senate has begun restructuring the chamber’s administrative staff by laying off dozens of employees.


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Lawmakers To Vote On $108B Spending Plan

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.


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Calif. Senate OKs Condoms For Prison Inmates

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.

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CA Senate Passes Bill Mandating Gay History In Schools

The state Senate has approved legislation that would require California’s public schools to include gay history in social studies lessons.


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Assemblyman Runs For Dead Woman’s State Senate Seat

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.


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Barbara Boxer Touts Environmental, Economic Record

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.


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Funeral Set For State Senator Jenny Oropeza

Funeral services will be held next week for state Sen. Jenny Oropeza, who died Wednesday after a long illness.

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Calif. Senate Votes To Delay Kindergarten Entry

California would delay kindergarten for thousands of youngsters under a bill approved by the state Senate.