May 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When Sen. Orrin G. Hatch took his seat on the dais for the Senate Judiciary Committee's debates on the immigration reform bill, the 79-year-old was not just one of 18 senators. He was the most sought-after vote. A towering but genteel figure, Hatch was seen as the potential Republican domino - the first GOP senator beyond the four in the bipartisan group that crafted the immigration bill to join the effort. A yes from Hatch, the bill's supporters hoped, would heighten the odds of support from the GOP as the bill moved to the full Senate.
April 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Thursday failed to pass bipartisan legislation that would allow states to collect sales taxes from larger Internet retailers, but the bill cleared a key procedural hurdle and is on track for approval after lawmakers return from a recess. Momentum has been building for the Marketplace Fairness Act, which is strongly supported by most state and local governments and traditional brick-and-mortar retailers. But opposition from some online retailers, led by EBay Inc., and a small group of senators largely from states that do not have sales taxes derailed the legislation temporarily.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - Colleagues dismissed him as "one-bill Gil. " Fellow Democrats labeled him politically toxic. But the tenacious Los Angeles legislator ultimately triumphed, keeping a promise to his dying wife. Capitol insiders knew about Assemblyman Gil Cedillo's pledge to his wife, Ruby Oliva, just before she succumbed to cancer. They may not have known how the conversation began. She essentially was telling him to go out and meet people and enjoy a social life. "My lovely wife was like admonishing me, telling me, 'Look, don't just sit in the room and cry forever,' " he recalls.
June 28, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO — A first-in-the-nation foreclosure-prevention measure is one step away from final passage in the California Legislature. A two-house conference committee Wednesday, on a partisan 4-1 vote, sent identical measures to the floors of the Assembly and Senate. Final votes are scheduled for Monday. The conference committee vote came at a particularly poignant time: the same day that the Central Valley city of Stockton became the largest municipality in the nation to declare bankruptcy, Assemblyman Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park)
March 22, 2012 |
A bipartisan effort to make it easier for smaller businesses to access investment cash was back on track after clearing the Senate, but not without grave warnings from opponents who insisted it would open the door to a new era of fraud. Senators added a provision that would bolster investor protections on the emerging practice of crowd-funding: soliciting pools of investors online and from social media. The bill passed overwhelmingly, 73 to 26, but broader efforts to amend it had been turned back by GOP-led opposition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2010 |
As legislators rush to bring more transparency to the salaries of city officials — like the eye-popping compensation enjoyed until recently by administrators in Bell — they're balking at passing a law that would make it easier for the public to find out their own pay. A measure that would legally compel lawmakers to post their salaries, and the salaries they pay staff, on the Internet has stalled in the state Senate. Leaders of the upper house said Thursday that they may instead address the issue through an internal rule, which can be changed much more easily, and with much less public fanfare, than a state law. As the struggle over legislative pay disclosure played out in the background, lawmakers approved several other proposed laws, including a stiff new rule meant to protect hospital patients from radiation overdoses and a ban on alcohol sales from self-service lines in grocery stores.