November 6, 1992 |
Democratic Assemblyman Dan Hauser of Arcata says he'll run for the soon-to-be-vacant state Senate seat occupied by Majority Leader Barry Keene of Benecia, who plans to resign next month. Keene, a 20-year legislative veteran, has announced that he will resign next month, frustrated by his inability to make changes through "the Rube Goldberg-type of legislative operation that we have."
August 19, 1990
Political infighting and opposition from the oil industry are choking prospects for a comprehensive oil-spill prevention and cleanup bill in our state capitol. State Assemblyman Ted Lempert (D-San Mateo) has crafted an excellent bill (AB 2603) to prevent oil spills, provide tougher fines for polluters, and fund clean-up operations along our coast in the case of an accident. But his proposal is hung up in the state Senate, where senators refuse to support AB 2603 because they have already voted on an oil spill bill written by Senate leader Barry Keene (D-Benicia)
February 5, 1988 |
Republican Gov. George Deukmejian, when he was a state senator, voted 14 times against confirming appointees of his predecessor's administration and on three of those occasions cast the only "no" vote, a top Democratic lawmaker said Thursday. In addition, said Senate Democratic Leader Barry Keene, Deukmejian, as attorney general and a member of the Judicial Appointments Commission, voted "no" on 17 of 54 appellate court justices appointed by former Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr., a Democrat.
December 5, 1987 |
Senate Democratic Leader Barry Keene on Friday charged that Gov. George Deukmejian's nomination of Rep. Daniel E. Lungren (R-Long Beach) to be state treasurer was "unnecessarily politically motivated and divisive." "A person whose voting patterns consistently reflect the views of a few people at one end of the political spectrum is probably not sufficiently mainstream," Keene (D-Benicia) said of the conservative Lungren.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1990 |
A key legislator on Wednesday warned executives of British Petroleum America Inc. that the state expects more from the company than merely a cleanup effort as a result of the Huntington Beach oil spill. Sen. Barry Keene (D-Benicia), chairman of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, warned BPA officials that the oil industry should stop trying to block legislation aimed at restricting tanker traffic off the California coast--or face the consequences.