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June 27, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- A historic, 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 state 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, said Assemblyman Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park)
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January 7, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Legislation to resume long-term unemployment benefits for 1.3 million jobless Americans cleared a key hurdle Tuesday in the Senate, though final passage in the chamber, and ultimately the House, remains difficult. The 60-37 vote, among the first since lawmakers returned Monday, came as six Republicans joined Democrats to advance a bill extending benefits by 90 days. In a White House appearance shortly after the vote, President Obama criticized Republicans who contend that unemployment benefits sap workers' motivation to look for new jobs.
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May 21, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
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.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- A bill that would boost California's minimum wage by 25% to $10 an hour won a key vote Thursday and is just one step away from the governor's desk. What Gov. Jerry Brown will do with it is no mystery. The governor on Wednesday pledged to sign the measure, AB 10 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville). Brown's support was bolstered by endorsements from the Democratic majority leaders of both the state Senate and the state Assembly. "The minimum wage has not kept pace with rising costs," Brown said.
NATIONAL
January 7, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Legislation to resume long-term unemployment benefits for 1.3 million jobless Americans cleared a key hurdle Tuesday in the Senate, though final passage in the chamber, and ultimately the House, remains difficult. The 60-37 vote, among the first since lawmakers returned Monday, came as six Republicans joined Democrats to advance a bill extending benefits by 90 days. In a White House appearance shortly after the vote, President Obama criticized Republicans who contend that unemployment benefits sap workers' motivation to look for new jobs.
NEWS
February 11, 1994 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Senate overwhelmingly approved $8.6 billion for Southern California earthquake relief Thursday and sent the bill to a conference committee so that differences with the House version of the legislation can be worked out. Final passage is expected today. Prodded by California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, the Senate ended a lengthy debate over how the government would pay for the assistance and voted, 85 to 10, to approve the measure.
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September 14, 1985 | from Times Wire Services
The Legislature sent to the governor a bill giving $2.9 million to four Northern California counties that say they need the money to combat the growing of marijuana. The measure by Sen. Barry Keene (D-Benicia) passed the Assembly on a 68-0 vote and won final passage from the Senate on a 38-0 vote to accept Assembly amendments.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2010 | By Janet Hook and Jim Puzzanghera
The Senate on Thursday took a major step toward approving a sweeping overhaul of financial regulations, voting 60-40 on a key procedural motion that paves the way for final passage by the end of the week. The Senate vote starts the clock ticking on the end of three weeks of debate on the landmark bill, which would enact the most far-reaching rewrite of financial rules since the Great Depression. The move required 60 votes, meaning Democrats needed the support of some Republicans.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- An effort by the National Football League and owners of other professional sports teams to limit workers' compensation claims by out-of-state athletes is close to final passage in the California Legislature. The measure cleared the state Senate on Friday on a 34-2 vote. In May, it passed the Assembly on a 61-4 tally. The 10 most dangerous jobs The proposal is expected to win final passage next week in the Assembly and to be on the governor's desk shortly after the scheduled Sept.
NATIONAL
December 2, 2009
Senate Democrats will have to win several procedural votes if they are to send President Obama a healthcare bill. AMENDMENTS Lawmakers from both parties are allowed to offer amendments to the healthcare bill. When expected: Now through Christmas or beyond. Votes required: Subject to negotiation, with 60 likely for more contentious amendments. CLOTURE TO END DEBATE ON THE BILL Required to end a Republican filibuster and move to a vote on the bill.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- An effort by the National Football League and owners of other professional sports teams to limit workers' compensation claims by out-of-state athletes is close to final passage in the California Legislature. The measure cleared the state Senate on Friday on a 34-2 vote. In May, it passed the Assembly on a 61-4 tally. The 10 most dangerous jobs The proposal is expected to win final passage next week in the Assembly and to be on the governor's desk shortly after the scheduled Sept.
NATIONAL
May 21, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
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.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
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.
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September 6, 2012 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
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.
BUSINESS
June 28, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
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)
NEWS
March 22, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
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.
NATIONAL
November 21, 2009
The long road ahead Today's procedural vote is only the first of many that Senate Democrats will have to win in coming months if they are to send President Obama a healthcare bill. CLOTURE ON MOTION TO PROCEED Required to end a Republican filibuster and begin debate on the healthcare legislation When expected: Today Votes required: 60 AMENDMENTS Once debate begins, lawmakers from both parties will be allowed to offer amendments When expected: Starting Nov. 30 through Christmas or beyond Votes required: Subject to negotiation, with 60 likely for more contentious amendments CLOTURE TO END DEBATE ON THE BILL Required to end a Republican filibuster and move to a vote on the bill When expected: Just before Christmas, though possibly later Votes required: 60 ADOPTION OF THE BILL Would send the Senate bill to a conference committee, where it would be reconciled with the House healthcare bill that passed two weeks ago When expected: Just before Christmas, though possibly later Votes required: 51 CLOTURE TO END DEBATE ON CONFERENCE REPORT Would end GOP filibuster of the conference report that combines the House and Senate healthcare bills When expected: Sometime in January Votes required: 60 FINAL PASSAGE Assuming House approval, would send the legislation to President Obama for his signature...
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