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- Legislators at the state Capitol will winnow down the hundreds of bills pending by Friday afternoon, quietly killing some of them which have been sitting in what's called the "suspense file."
- Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) said Friday that a Montana congressional candidate's alleged attack on a reporter was wrong "unless the reporter deserved it."
- African Americans in the California Democratic Party want an apology made to Rep. Maxine Water (D-Los Angeles) after her microphone was cut off at last weekend's convention.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s committee for the 2012 tax measure Proposition 30 has agreed to pay $1,500 in fines to the state’s campaign watchdog commission for not properly reporting all contributions.
The committee, which was controlled by Brown, failed to properly report receiving $5,000 or more within 10 days on two occasions. The missing reports should have reported $1,531,427 received from Californians Working Together to Restore and Protect Public Schools, Universities and Public Safety, and $15,000 from the California State Council of Service Employees Issues Committee.
Proposition 30 was approved by voters and temporarily raised taxes on people earning more than $250,000.
In recommending a fine less than the $5,000 maximum penalty, Enforcement Chief Galena West of the Fair Political Practices Commission said in a report that other than the two violations, an audit “found the Committee substantially complied with the [Political Reform] Act’s disclosure and recordkeeping provisions.”
The California FPPC staff has agreed to the $1,500 fine, but it still must be approved by the panel at its May 25 meeting.