Laws and Legislation
California Senators introduced fewer bills this year

The number of bills introduced by members of the California Senate by Friday’s deadline was the lowest number in the first year of a biennial session going back to 1989. Senators introduced 793 bills by Friday, compared with 813 filed in 2013. The Assembly had 1,504 bills filed, an increase from the 1,430 introduced in the lower house in 2013. Capitol insiders are citing a few possible explanations for the decline in the Senate, including the fact that there are currently three vacancies caused when members were elected to Congress. In addition, voters in 2012 changed the term limits law to allow new lawmakers to serve longer in one house, up to 12 years, so legislators may not...