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California lawmakers return to the Capitol to tackle leftover business

California lawmakers return to the Capitol to tackle leftover business

When state lawmakers return Monday for the start of the new legislative year, their plate will be full of leftovers from 2015, including bills to snuff out smoking, raise the minimum wage and expand the state's policies on paid family leave.

And the 2016 agenda will get even more crowded with the raft of new bills lawmakers will introduce as they return from a nearly three-month recess, including a focus on tightening California's already tough gun laws in the wake of last month's deadly terrorist attack in San Bernardino.

But the typical chaos of the Capitol may be intensified this year, the last of the two-year session, with turnover among...

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