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More than 250 California State Senate bills lived or died in mere seconds Thursday as the chamber’s Appropriations Committee churned through items big and small.
California Governor Jerry Brown continues to make climate change a focus of his administration. He is joining more than 500 scientists in calling for action on the issue.
Details of California’s new health insurance exchange were announced today. About five million people are eligible to get covered through the exchange.
Gov. Jerry Brown dismisses the conflicting revenue projections between his administration and the Legislative Analyst's Office. Republicans pick up a State Senate seat previously held by a Democrat. And the state cracks down on distracted driving.
As budget talks head into their final weeks, supporters of programs suffering from years of cuts are asking for help. Gov. Jerry Brown opposes any new spending. But Assembly and Senate Democrats have different programs in which they'd like to invest.
Environmentalists and other groups are urging lawmakers to reject California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal to borrow money from the state’s cap and trade program.
Fire Camps Key To Reducing Prison Overcrowding
Tue, May 21, 2013
Reducing overcrowding at California prisons is not easy. Generally, inmates must either be released or given more space, which is expensive. But there is a third option. Inmates can be sent to fire camps.
The California Assembly has approved a bill that would allow community colleges to offer extra courses at higher costs.
What to Make of Two Different Revenue Projections
Mon, May 20, 2013
Budget experts representing Governor Jerry Brown and the California Legislature have come up with different revenue projections for the state budget. And a political analyst says you can probably trust one a little bit more.
LAO Expects Higher State Revenues than Gov. Brown
Fri, May 17, 2013
California’s non-partisan legislative analyst says the revenue projections in Governor Jerry Brown’s latest budget proposal are too pessimistic – by more than three billion dollars. That’s already prompting some calls to increase spending.
Lodi has counted 4 gang-related murders in the last 10 months.
In each case, a gun was used and a teenage gang member was suspected in the shooting.
But Lodi Police Lt. Chris Piombo says it was a brazen daylight killing in the street that captured the city's attention.
0613RI LODIGANGS 1A: "In east Lodi where the suspect tracked down the victim and shot him until he didn't have any more bullets in his gun. That really signaled to us we had to take it to another level with enforcement." (:11)
The city council voted to match a state grant, and so will use a half million dollars on programs to fight gangs over the next 2 years.
City Councilman Larry Hansen says some of that money will employ ex-gang members to steer young kids away from the gang life.
0613RI LODIGANGS 1B: "They are able to talk to them on a level they can understand and mentor them and help them make better choices." (:06)
In Lodi Rich Ibarra Capital Public Radio News.
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Health Care Decision Hinges On A Crucial Clause
Constitutional scholars know there's much more at stake in the Supreme Court's decision on the Obama health care overhaul than one election. The case could mark a major turning point in the way the Supreme Court interprets the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Future Of Health Care Law Hangs In Balance
The Supreme Court may issue a ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act as early as Monday. Guy Raz talks to NPR Health Policy Correspondent Julie Rovner about what will happen next if the court rules against the law. In Oregon, Rocky King, the state's health insurance exchange director, says the imminent decision keeps him up at night and historian Jeff Shesol explains why there hasn't been a ruling this important since the 1930s.
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