| Nov 10, 2012
| 7:04 AM
Gov. Jerry Brown's new prison chief walks into a firestorm, including news of the early release of a Fresno felon who opened fire on co-workers this week and the potential mass release from state supervision of thousands of parolees who......
| Nov 29, 2012
| 8:44 AM
When new legislators take the oath of office Monday, Republican Jim Nielsen will not be among those raising their hands. He decided not to run for reelection to the Assembly with hopes of instead winning a special election to the state Senate this month.....
| Oct 11, 2013
| 6:42 PM
SACRAMENTO — Declaring that California already has some of the nation's toughest gun laws, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed bills that would have further limited gun ownership and the sale of semiautomatic rifles.
The Democratic governor, a gun...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 8:32 PM
California lawmakers pushed ahead Tuesday with a new state testing plan despite a threat by the Obama administration to withhold federal education funds unless substantial changes were made.
The state Senate approved the overhaul on a 25-7 vote, with...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 6:35 PM
The state Senate approved a measure Friday that would give the California Coastal Commission the ability to impose fines.
The bill, which would grant new power to the agency that oversees land use and public access along California’s 1,100-mile...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 7:52 PM
SACRAMENTO — Democratic leaders of the state Senate on Wednesday proposed an extra $200 million annually for rehabilitation, drug and mental health treatment as an alternative to Gov. Jerry Brown's plan for reducing prison crowding.
| Aug 16, 2013
| 8:07 AM
SACRAMENTO -- While Gov. Jerry Brown wrestles with a court order to reduce the state prison population, county sheriffs are quietly seeking more flexibility to reduce the number of felons in their county jails.
A bill requested by Los Angeles County...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 3:30 AM
California has once again found itself in the national headlines -- this time for a new law involving transgender students.
As The Times' Patrick McGreevy wrote on PolitiCal, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill allowing "students in California...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 8:06 AM
It turns out Elmo is more popular than Pitbull among staffers at the state Capitol.
Companies that lobby state government have filed reports listing the gifts they gave state workers during the three months ending June 30 and, as usual, AT&T, is one...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 11:49 AM
Over objections from Republican lawmakers, the state Senate on Thursday confirmed Gov. Jerry Brown's pick to run a corrections department one legislative leader described as "a system in crisis."
Jeffrey Beard, who came out of retirement after serving...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 4:04 PM
California lawmakers on Wednesday sent the governor a measure that would allow transgender students to play for sports teams and use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, not their sex.
The state Senate also approved 4.5% in raises...