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Productive lawmakers can thank a retooled system
Productive lawmakers can thank a retooled system

It was a moderately productive two-year session that the Legislature wrapped up at the witching hour Saturday. Credit mainly voter-approved reforms. This is a new era in Sacramento. But another factor also helped greatly: the devastating drought. You've heard the political maxim: Never let a serious crisis go to waste. The lawmakers didn't. They passed not only a major water bond proposal, but hotly contested legislation to regulate California's declining groundwater for the first time. Legislators also capitalized on tragedy. Fatal shootings provided the inspiration to pass bills aimed at disarming potentially dangerous psychotic gun owners and to help police...

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