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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.
September 2, 2002
The state Legislature acted on hundreds of bills in the final days before adjournment early Sunday. In addition to issues that received extensive debate--proposals to give farm workers arbitration rights, for instance, or bills imposing new rules regarding the privacy of certain consumer information--scores of others sailed through with little public notice. Among the bills that were acted upon in the session's closing hours and that await action by Gov. Gray Davis are: FINES--SB 807 by Sen.
July 15, 2006 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
A bipartisan collection of lawmakers interviewed Friday voiced measured support for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's suggestion that they surrender the power to draw voting districts in return for the possibility of staying in their jobs longer. Lawmakers also said there was enough time, when they return from summer break next month, to pass such a package and put it before voters on the November ballot.
June 4, 1987 | DOUGLAS SHUIT, Times Staff Writer
After weeks of debating megabuck issues like Gov. George Deukmejian's proposed $700-million tax rebate, lawmakers Wednesday began final deliberations on a $40-billion-plus state budget by arguing for pet projects popular with local constituents.
October 11, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
If Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg batted for the Dodgers with the same success that she had this year in getting her bills signed, it's likely that she would be on the bench. There is a new pitcher on the mound in Sacramento, and lawmakers including Goldberg have watched their batting averages plummet. The Democratic legislator from Los Angeles wrote 15 bills that were sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger during the just-completed session of the Legislature, and he vetoed 13 of them.
May 20, 1995 | From Religion News Service
The Christian Coalition, a 1.6-million member organization of socially conservative Christians, has unveiled a 10-point legislative program it is asking Congress to embrace. Here are the highlights of its proposal, which it calls a "contract with the American family": 1. Religious Equality Amendment Amend the Constitution to allow religious expression in public places--courthouse lawns, at high school graduation ceremonies and sports events.
April 27, 1988 | Associated Press
The Reagan Administration and law enforcement groups agreed Tuesday on compromise legislation to ban undetectable plastic handguns, using an approach that has been opposed by the National Rifle Assn. and its legislative supporters. Joseph A. Morris, director of the Justice Department's office of liaison, said the proposed legislation would be sent to Congress this week. The compromise represents a change in position for Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III, who had endorsed the NRA approach.
July 11, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. would have to abandon its bid to operate a bank under the provisions of a bill introduced in Congress. Legislation proposed by Reps. Barney Frank and Paul E. Gillmor would ban nonfinancial companies seeking charters from operating industrial banks and stop industrial banks from expanding their services. The Massachusetts Democrat and Ohio Republican are the senior members of the House Committee on Financial Services. Wal-Mart and Home Depot Inc.
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