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Bocanegra quits on eve of Assembly hearing on new harassment policies

UPDATED AT 1:45 P.M. Seven weeks since stories about Harvey Weinstein in the New York Times and the New Yorker triggered a wave of sexual harassment allegations around the nation, California state lawmakers are on edge both about their pasts

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Will new sexual harassment rules turn corner on abuse scandal?

SACRAMENTO – Will a newly announced set of Senate rules for handling sexual harassment claims help change a Capitol culture that some blame for fostering the current sexual harassment scandal? Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, announced

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New laws target old CA problem: Workers’ comp fraud

Critics of a California workers’ compensation system that is both among the nation’s costliest and not particularly good at providing care to injured employees are enjoying two triumphs. Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 1244, a bill introduced by

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Another mandatory vaccination bill advancing

When it comes to toughening state vaccination laws, the Legislature’s not done yet. A measure that would require child-care workers to be vaccinated for three common childhood diseases has passed a key vote in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. KQED News

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Large counties could be required to increase number of Supervisors

The idea of increasing representation by having fewer constituents per elected representative is getting some attention. On the state level, an initiative filed by John Cox proposes to reorganize state governance by molding a Neighborhood Legislature whose goal is to reduce campaign

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GOP poised to reclaim 1/3 control in State Senate

In recent years, California Senate Democrats have been their own worst enemy. In 2012, the Senate Democratic Caucus ran the tables, winning every contested race. With Fran Pavley, Richard Roth and Cathleen Galgiani added to his caucus, Senate President President Pro Tem Darrell

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