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Legislative committee OKs $2 billion oil tax

  The Senate Education Committee last week approved a $2 billion tax hike on California’s oil industry that critics say would drive up energy costs and push businesses out of state. Proponents of Senate Bill 1017 tout the additional revenue it

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Fracking watch: Illinois gets in on the energy gold rush

June 1, 2013 By Chris Reed There’s beginning to be almost a sense of inevitability about fracking spreading throughout the United States. Green objections are being overwhelmed by the economic benefits of the newly efficient energy-exploration process, by its positive

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Senate committee advances bills on rape, sentencing

March 7, 2013 By Dave Roberts California state laws from the past occasionally crop up and need to be amended. That happened last week when the Senate Public Safety Committee unanimously approved SB 59, which is designed to close a loophole that allows

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How to save state parks from closure

May 11, 2012 By Joseph Perkins A pair of Northern California lawmakers unveiled a proposal this week to avert the scheduled July 1 closure of 70 state’s 278 parks, casualties of last year’s budget-cutting by the Legislature. “The notion of

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The Capitol’s worst-kept secret

By KATY GRIMES Last August, state Sen. Pat Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa, announced that she would not seek re-election in 2010 – shortly after announcing that she would run for re-election. Her announcement occurred soon after she made an inappropriate comment

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