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State legislation intended to address California's housing shortage may have the unintended effect of reducing the tax revenue of the state's hard-pressed cities, according to a survey of business costs to be released today. The 2002 Kosmont Cost of Doing Business Survey also found that taxes, fees and other costs levied on business in California have stabilized after years of increases.
October 17, 2004 | Morris Newman, Special to The Times
U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Tiberi (R-Ohio) introduced legislation in February to provide zero-down mortgage financing to first-time, low-income home buyers. The loans would be guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration, which currently requires a 3% down payment on most loans it insures.
July 21, 1989 | DENNIS HUNT, Times Staff Writer
Can minors go to video stores and buy or rent sexy, violent movies--R-rated or unrated--without parental consent? They often can. That's why state legislatures have been inundated with bills in the last few years seeking to limit minors' access to home videos that are aimed at adults. Currently 65% of homes with TVs also have VCRs. Many parents are concerned over their youngsters' access, through video rental, to movies they wouldn't be allowed to see in theaters.
June 12, 2005 | From Times wire reports
Sacramento was apparently feeling a little green during the first days of June, judging from the willingness of the Assembly and Senate to act on two solar-power bills. The Senate passed a bill, introduced by Sens. Kevin Murray (D-Culver City) and John Campbell (R-Irvine), that would encourage the creation of 1 million solar energy systems by requiring utilities to subsidize such efforts and new home builders to offer solar roof panels as an option.
September 11, 2005
The California Legislature recessed for the year just before midnight Thursday, after lawmakers had handled more than 3,000 bills. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has until Oct. 9 to sign or veto most of the measures that passed both the Senate and Assembly. If he takes no action on a bill by the deadline, it automatically becomes law. For more information, see
October 8, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The House passed the most sweeping rewrite of corporate tax law in nearly two decades, a measure designed to end a nasty trade war with Europe and shower nearly $140 billion in new tax breaks on businesses, farmers and other groups. The measure was approved on a 280-141 vote, sending it to the Senate, where it was expected to be approved today.
March 24, 1988 | Associated Press
The chairman of the House finance subcommittee said Wednesday that he will write legislation reforming the nation's financial markets without waiting for the Reagan Administration to resolve disputes among warring regulatory agencies. "For the investors of this country, justice delayed is justice denied," said Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.).
June 3, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Seventy-two percent of Swiss voters endorsed legislation making it easier for a woman to get an abortion within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Swiss lawmakers last year passed the measure, decriminalizing some abortions by easing the legal requirements on women and their doctors. The new law takes effect Oct. 1. Switzerland's current abortion law is one of the strictest in Europe, yet it is rarely enforced.
More than 500 technology-related bills have been introduced in the current session of Congress, a sign that lawmakers have lost their reluctance to regulate the Internet for fear of discouraging its growth, according to a study released Monday. Tech-related legislation accounts for 10% of all the bills introduced so far, according to Technology Daily, a Washington publication that tracks technology policy. Experts attribute the surge to post-Sept.
April 10, 1988 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, Times Staff Writer
Gov. George Deukmejian, searching for ways to halt gang violence, Saturday urged legislation that would expand use of the death penalty and permit the sentencing of 16-year-olds to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Saying that Los Angeles has more gangs than any other city in the nation, Deukmejian also said he would authorize rewards of up to $10,000 in certain cases for information leading to the arrest and conviction of gang members.
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