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New min wage law clears CA Senate committee

Two minimum wage hikes in two years for California? Just a year after Gov. Jerry Brown signed one minimum wage hike into law, the California Senate’s Labor and Industrial Relations Committee last week greenlit an even faster and more sweeping boost.

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CA legislators put Kaiser under microscope

SACRAMENTO — When the Legislature returns from its July recess, it will take up several health-care bills. A top one will be SB 746, by state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco. It would require new data reporting requirements for large group

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Senate hearing holds state in denial on mental health parity 1

July 3, 2013 By Paayal Zaveri SACRAMENTO — At hearings on June 27 and July 1, California state senators put their stethoscopes to expanding mandated mental health coverage in insurance policies. In an issue complicated by the ongoing implementation of

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Bills take aim at Prop. 13 tax limitations 2

June 21, 2013 By Dave Roberts If you think taxes are already high in California, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Winding through the Legislature have been a gaggle of constitutional amendments that would make it easier

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Leg analyses understate fiscal costs of gun control bills 12

June 18, 2013 By John Hrabe From social issues to business regulations, Sacramento is considered a national leader in progressive politics. “Conservative” might be the last adjective used to describe the California Legislature — except when it comes to estimating

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Will school finance scams be addressed? One of two at best 4

Dec. 9, 2012 By Chris Reed The push is on to gut Proposition 13, with the nominal rationale being the urgent need to help public education by making it easier to pass parcel taxes. But will the Democratic lawmakers behind

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Prop 35. toughens sex crime penalties 2

Oct. 26, 2012 By Dave Roberts When Dellena Hoyer first started turning tricks, she was 12 years old. She told her story to a joint legislative safety committee informational hearing in August on Proposition 35, which seeks to increase penalties

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Who cares if it’s ‘Made in U.S.A’? 0

July 4, 2012 By Katy Grimes ‘Made in America’ still stands for something with America’s consumers, but doesn’t appear to be as important for some politicians. Tuesday I wrote about Maglite flashlight founder Anthony Maglica, who has manufactured the heavy-duty

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Socialized Health Care Back From Grave 14

JAN. 19, 2012 By DAVE ROBERTS Like a bad horror movie in which the monster dies only to come back from the grave, socialized medicine has once again reared its ugly head in California. Not content to wait for Obamacare

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