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Senate Approves Tying Minimum Wage To Inflation

The bill’s author, Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco, says it’s needed to help lift low-wage earners out of poverty.

05/29/2014

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Could Be Suspended Without Pay

The state Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment permitting the Legislature to suspend members without pay.

CBS2 / KCAL9–05/27/2014

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Bill Requires Payments For Misusing Campaign Funds

AB2692 by Democratic Assemblyman Paul Fong of Cupertino passed Monday 69-0 and heads to the Senate.

05/19/2014

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California Bill Protects Kids From Domestic Abuse

Sen. Fran Pavley, a Democrat from Agoura Hills, says her SB910 would close a loophole in state law that excludes children from coverage under protective orders for domestic violence.

05/01/2014

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State Lawmakers Take Ethics Training In Wake Of Corruption Scandals

State senators in Sacramento are receiving a refresher in ethics as part of the fallout from a series of legal cases involving two Southland lawmakers this year.

04/23/2014

State Senator Ron Calderon (left), State Senator Roderick Wright (right) and State Senator Leland Yee (not pictured) were suspended by the state Senate. (credit: senate.ca.gov)

California Senate Erases Websites Of 3 Suspended Lawmakers

The California Senate has erased the names and online archives of three suspended lawmakers entangled in criminal cases.

CBS2 / KCAL9–04/07/2014

General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Capitol Hill, April 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Senators Accuse GM Of Covering Up Defective Switch

Members of a Senate subcommittee accused General Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths.

04/07/2014

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Senate Democrats Cancel San Diego Golf Fundraiser In Wake Of Criminal Proceedings

The state Senate leader has canceled a high-profile golfing fundraiser in the wake of criminal proceedings against three state senators.

CBS2 / KCAL9–04/01/2014

State Senator Roderick Wright was convicted of perjury in January of lying about his residence.(credit: CBS)

GOP Move To Expel State Sen. Rod Wright Fails To Gain Traction

A state Senate committee will not consider a Republican resolution seeking to expel a Democrat awaiting sentencing on perjury and voter fraud charges.

CBS2 / KCAL9–03/12/2014

State Senator Roderick Wright was convicted of perjury in January after lying about his residence. (credit: senate.ca.gov)

Democrats Derail GOP Attempt To Expel Convicted Senator

Democrats in the Senate have sidetracked an attempt by Republican lawmakers to expel a senator convicted of perjury and voter fraud.

02/27/2014

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Pellet Gun Proposal Responds To Shooting Tragedies

Senators approved the Imitation Firearm Safety Act on a party-line 22-8 vote, although several senators from each party did not vote. It now goes to the Assembly.

01/28/2014

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State Senate Introduces Bill That Would Prevent Calif. From Aiding NSA

A new piece of legislation is seeking to protect Californians from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

01/07/2014

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Protestors Stage Die-In Outside Downtown LA Federal Building Over Debt Ceiling Lift

Demonstrators wore black clothing and skull masks, carried black roses and held signs with slogans such as, “Cause of death: cuts to meal program.”

10/16/2013

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Anti-Terror Program Tracks Innocents, ACLU Says

The ACLU and several other groups released 1,800 “suspicious activity reports” Thursday, saying they show the inner-workings of a domestic surveillance program that is sweeping up innocent Americans.

CBS2 / KCAL9–09/19/2013

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Debate Chugs Along Over Whether Granting Immigrants Driver’s Licenses Will Make Roads Safer

A debate over granting illegal immigrants driver’s licenses continues to chug along after the California Legislature passed a bill on it Thursday night.

CBS2 / KCAL9–09/13/2013

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