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October 4, 2001 | From the Washington Post
The Bush administration said Wednesday it could not support a $170-billion, 10-year farm bill on the House floor because it was too costly and was unresponsive to major changes taking place in the nation's agricultural sector. The White House broadside, an unusually blunt and sweeping critique of a piece of major legislation that enjoys considerable bipartisan support, came as the House took up the bill that adds $73.1 billion to current agricultural spending through 2011.
November 11, 1990
I was both shocked and dismayed to read your Oct. 28 editorial, "Little Competition--Less Achievement," wherein Orange County's state legislators were so easily lumped into one category. The writer was puzzled why I would pursue marine resource legislation from a landlocked district. What is more puzzling is the easy dismissal of my record of service. The 71st Assembly District is predominantly a middle-income district whose residents work hard and have their taxes taken out before they can make a deposit at the bank.
September 8, 2004 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
The Republican and Democratic senators who proposed establishing the independent Sept. 11 commission introduced legislation Tuesday to implement the commission's suggested reforms. The proposed legislation -- one of several measures expected to address intelligence reform -- adheres closely to the 41 recommendations of the commission, which released its report in late July. The legislation by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.
June 7, 1988 | CARL INGRAM, Times Staff Writer
The Senate on Monday passed heavily amended legislation to crack down harder on both vicious and "potentially dangerous" dogs and to require their masters to carry $100,000 in liability insurance. In a display of pre-Election Day action, the Senate also approved a $2-million bill to finance AIDS prevention education in grades seven through 12 and a proposal to exempt from public records information on why a person was issued a permit to carry a concealed gun. The vicious-dog bill by Sen.
October 8, 1987 | PATT MORRISON, Times Staff Writer
With an arsenal of menacing-looking toy guns spread before him--including a twin of the .45-caliber pistol that briefly held a television reporter hostage--state Senate President Pro Tem David A. Roberti announced on Wednesday that he will propose an outright ban on making and selling realistic-looking toy guns. Under the proposed legislation, brandishing a fake gun threateningly, as well as distributing the phony weapons, would be a felony.
Legislation to make California the first state to regulate tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gases, a suspected cause of global warming, is foundering in the Assembly amid a lobbying and advertising blitz by automakers, car dealers, oil companies and organized labor. The measure by Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) has already cleared both houses by rail-thin margins and needs only final approval of the Assembly to reach the desk of Gov. Gray Davis.
February 13, 1988 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, Times Staff Writer
Two Southern California senators announced plans Friday to introduce a package of 20 bills designed to halt the spread of AIDS through education, testing of infants and expanded treatment of intravenous drug users. The measures are among dozens of bills that legislators plan to introduce in 1988 as they search during this election year for ways to deal with AIDS. At a joint press conference, Democratic Sen. Gary K.
February 4, 1987 | JERRY GILLAM, Times Staff Writer
Assembly Speaker Willie Brown said Tuesday he is considering a proposal that would double state legislators' salaries to the $75,000-$85,000 range, the same as judges now make, while banning all outside income. The legislation, which would need voter approval, also would eliminate a $75-per-day, tax-free allowance lawmakers get for living expenses and take away their state-leased automobiles. Members of the Assembly and Senate would keep their health and retirement benefits, however.
October 6, 2008 | GEORGE SKELTON
Put down the pitchforks. Stop hurling the bricks. Politicians in the state Capitol have not been total screw-ups this year. Yes, the state budget was a record 85 days late in getting enacted and was roundly hooted. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger angered many -- mostly Democratic legislators -- by vetoing a record-high 35% of the bills that reached his desk. The Legislature began the year by failing to pass the governor's universal healthcare bill that was overly ambitious given the plunging economy.
April 17, 1988 | JERRY GILLAM and CARL INGRAM, Times Staff Writers
The guerrilla warfare being waged by the Democratic rebel "Gang of Five" in its power struggle with Assembly Speaker Willie Brown has created confusion and concern in the Legislature's other house and among Capitol lobbyists. Key senators of both parties say they fear that a tidal wave of legislation will be sent to their house from the Assembly as the result of political gamesmanship, rather than reasoned consideration.
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