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California Senate shelves bills on healthcare for immigrants, oil tax
California Senate shelves bills on healthcare for immigrants, oil tax

Dozens of controversial state bills were shelved Friday by legislative committees, including measures that would provide healthcare coverage to people in the country illegally, impose a tax on oil drilled from the ground and require campaign contributions to be reported within 24 hours. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved 160 of 232 bills that had significant costs, which Republican Sen. Mimi Walters of Irvine estimated will cost taxpayers $3 billion more than currently budgeted. Sen. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles), the committee’s chairman, said through a spokeswoman that Walters' number was wildly inflated and that the panel saved a lot of money by shelving dozens of...

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