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North-South battle emerges over leadership of California Legislature
North-South battle emerges over leadership of California Legislature

SACRAMENTO -- The chance that Southern Californians may lead both the state Senate and Assembly in the next year is drawing concern from groups including the Bay Area Council. They note it has been a tradition for decades that if a Northern California lawmaker led the Senate, a Southern Californian would lead the Assembly. The last time one geographical area produced the leader of both houses was 1995, when Democrat Bill Lockyer of San Leandro in Northern California was Senate President Pro Tem and Willie Brown of San Francisco was the Assembly Speaker, according to Greg Schmidt, secretary of the Senate. It has been nearly four decades since Southern Californians led both houses. ...

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