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Legislators break budget impasse - Senator Roy Ashburn

State Sen. Roy Ashburn of Bakersfield, left, joined fellow Republican Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria, right, in supporting the spending plan. Sen. Dave Cogdill of Modesto cast a third Republican vote for the proposal. Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times