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Senate Committee Rosters Late!
Katy Grimes: It's January 7, 2011 and the Senate President Pro Tem just announced the legislative committee assignments. The Assembly committee assignments have been done since early December. As I shared this information with colleagues, everyone wanted to know what Senators have been doing for t...
Waiting To See Agenda 2011
JAN. 7, 2011 Tucked away under the authority of the California State Library, the California Research Bureau “provides nonpartisan research services to the Governor and his staff, to both houses of the legislature, and to other state elected officials.” In a questionable move in 2009, the CRB w...
New Mexico Drops "Green" Regs
Katy Grimes: New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has kept an important campaign promise to drop restrictive new regulations forcing the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as other controversial rules passed in the final days of the previous administration. The Alamogordo Daily News reporte...
Legislating To Giants
Katy Grimes: This morning, the Assembly took time to honor the San Francisco Giants. A very excited Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, gave a rousing speech wearing a Giants shirt and hat. That's nice. Yet the Giants have been honored in many ceremonies since they won the world series. A ve...
Valley Legislators Bring New Verve
JAN. 6, 2011 By KATY GRIMES It only took one brief legislative session before newly elected Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) asked, “Are the people of California ready for a part time legislature? And we should meet every two years. We only have a nine percent approval rating. How bad...