Democrats in the state Legislature on Wednesday passed a series of firearms bills designed to reduce the chances for widespread carnage even as opponents warned that the measures would not keep weapons from those intent on committing horrific crimes.
Suicide barriers could be included on more California bridges as a result of a bill advancing through the Legislature.
Gov. Jerry Brown will propose sweeping rollbacks to public employee pension benefits, including raising the retirement age to 67 for new employees who are not public safety workers.
The end of budget talks between Gov. Jerry Brown and Republican lawmakers has shrouded California’s fiscal future even more, leaving officials cautious about publicly saying what options remain.
Aides to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature’s top leaders said Thursday they had made progress on trying to end California’s record-long budget impasse and would reconvene next week.