Archive for June 2nd, 2013

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jun. 2, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Every legislative session has its own ambiance, but the current version that began six months ago is colored by unique, even historic, conditions.

It’s the first since an independent commission redrew legislative districts. The 2012 elections were the first with a “top-two” primary system. Nearly half of the Assembly’s 80 members are new to the Capitol. A revised term-limit rule would allow them to serve for as long as 12 years, and Democrats won two-thirds “supermajorities” in both houses.

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AP: More than 1,200 bills pass first half of session

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By DON THOMPSON — Associated Press
Posted: 06/01/2013 03:01:46 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — State lawmakers have wrapped up the first half of this year’s legislative session by advancing hundreds of bills addressing a wide range of issues, including gun violence, environmental protection, oil drilling and even whether prison inmates should have access to condoms.

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