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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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Brown: We Don’t Have GOP Votes To Pass Budget Plan

Gov. Jerry Brown says he has been unable to secure enough Republican votes to pass his plan for addressing California’s $26.6 billion budget deficit.

03/07/2011

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Calif. GOP Lawmakers Form Caucus Opposing Tax Vote

In a show of solidarity, Republican lawmakers have formed a new caucus to oppose any deal to close California’s $26.6 billion budget deficit that involves tax increases.

02/23/2011

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California Open Primary System To Get First Test

Voters upset with partisan gridlock in the nation’s most populous state decided last year to try a new way of electing lawmakers — an open primary system in which only the top two vote-getters advance, even if they are from the same political party.

02/12/2011

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Schwarzenegger Departs Without Major Budget Reform

In calling California lawmakers back for an eighth special session in seven years, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the next governor will inherit a budget mess “just like I did the first year when I came into office.”

12/27/2010

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AP: Calif. Legislature Shields Records

A letter written by a lobbyist to a lawmaker; an e-mail pitch by a campaign donor; memos sent by party leaders directing legislators how to vote on a bill.

12/22/2010

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