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States Ponder: What Happens When The Money Stops?

As gridlocked Washington edges toward default, states staggering out of the last recession are preparing for the worst: The federal piggy-bank that helps them pay for health care, jobless benefits, road building and schools could run out of cash.

07/31/2011

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2 California Lawmakers Introduce Bill That Would Block Bans On Circumcision

Two California lawmakers have introduced a bill that would pre-empt local governments from passing laws banning male circumcision and limit the enacting of such legislation to the state.

CBS2 / KCAL9–07/21/2011

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Landmark Gay History Bill Goes To Gov. Brown For Signature

California lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would make the state the first requiring public schools to include the contributions of gays and lesbians in their social studies curriculum.

07/05/2011

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Calif. GOP Claims Win In Holding Out Against Taxes

Republican lawmakers are claiming victory after the state budget passed last week without a single GOP vote because the plan did not include the Democrats’ top solution — a renewal of the higher income, sales and vehicle taxes approved two years ago.

07/03/2011

California state controller John Chiang (R) looks on as California Governor Jerry Brown speaks during a briefing on California's state budget . (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Controller Halts Pay For California Lawmakers

California state Controller John Chiang announced Tuesday he was halting pay for state lawmakers, saying their budget plan was not balanced and did not meet the state’s requirement for getting paid.

06/21/2011

California state controller John Chiang (R) looks on as California Governor Jerry Brown speaks during a briefing on California's state budget . (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

To Pay Or Not To Pay: Controller Says No ‘Authority’ To Challenge Budget Vote

State controller John Chiang will likely decide whether the legislators should get paid — a decision he says he may not even be able to enforce.

KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO–06/17/2011

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‘Cynical’ Californians Await Last-Ditch Budget Vote Before Paycheck Stoppage

Democratic leaders are pushing for a budget plan that would mean deeper cuts for schools and higher fees and taxes for most of California.

KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO–06/15/2011

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Study: CA Lawmakers Are Nation’s Most Educated

A study shows California lawmakers are the nation’s most educated.

06/13/2011

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AP: Lawmakers Elsewhere Release Daily Calendars

California’s Legislature prohibits lawmakers from releasing their daily calendars, but legislators in many other states voluntarily open their schedules so the public can see how they spend their time and who is allowed access to them.

06/11/2011

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California Delegation To Visit Texas, Study Job Growth

A Republican-led group of California lawmakers and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will head to Texas next week to hear from businesses that left the state.

04/06/2011

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Calif. Bill Targets Rental Cars Subject To Recalls

California lawmakers are taking a step toward enacting what would be the nation’s first law forcing rental car companies to pull recalled vehicles off the road.

04/06/2011

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Lawmakers To Take Up Second Half Of Budget Deficit

With half the state budget gap resolved, California lawmakers saved the toughest decisions for this week as they decide on possible tax extensions and whether to eliminate local redevelopment agencies.

03/20/2011

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California Lawmakers Forge Ahead With Budget Package

California lawmakers are focusing on a budget package aimed at closing the state’s $26.6 billion deficit, as Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders seek out the votes needed to pass the plan’s two most divisive components.

03/17/2011

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Crunch Time Approaches To Strike Budget Deal

Efforts by Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers to court a handful of Republican lawmakers are expected to intensify this week as they seek to compromise on a plan to send a tax vote to the ballot.

03/13/2011

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GOP Won’t Budge As Brown Faces Tax-Vote Deadline

Republican lawmakers aren’t budging as Gov. Jerry Brown enters the last stretch of a self-imposed budget deadline for a legislative vote to call a June special election.

CBS2 / KCAL9–03/08/2011

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