June 7, 1988 |
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 |
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.
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May 21, 2002 |
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 |
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 |
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.
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October 6, 2008 |
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 |
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.
October 20, 2002
Status of major bills as Congress heads into a preelection recess. Action is possible in a postelection, lame-duck session. Major Bills Passed in 2002 Session * Elections: Authorizes states to improve voting systems, in response to the 2000 election problems in Florida. * Iraq: Allows president to use military force against Iraq if he concludes that diplomatic efforts to disarm the country of suspected weapons of mass destruction have failed.
January 24, 2007 |
Former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham has been gone from Congress for more than a year, but his criminal acts loomed large Tuesday in the chamber where he once served: His former colleagues voted unanimously to deny taxpayer-funded pensions in the future to lawmakers turned felons. The measure, which the former GOP lawmaker from Rancho Santa Fe once supported, won't affect him or any other legislator already convicted of a crime -- including ex-Rep.
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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.