The three law students lingered anxiously outside a Capitol hearing room, waiting to learn the fate of an entire school year of work.
They had sponsored a proposal to shed light on who lobbies to sell the state more than $1 billion in goods and services each year, and it had stalled, one vote short in its first committee.
Then, as resignation set in, one assemblyman cast a late 'aye,' transforming dejected shrugs and "we trieds" into high fives and fist pumps.
Their ambitious plan to bring scrutiny to a blind spot in government influence had survived its first test, in April. A bigger one is due this week on the Assembly floor.
The bill's aim is simple:...