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June 18, 2018

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By The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board

What will it take to stop sexual harassment in the workplace? Last week, Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, suggested an answer: cultural change.

June 16, 2018

By Kathleen Ronayne

SACRAMENTO - The California Legislature may create a new investigative unit to focus solely on harassment and discrimination complaints and hire an outside panel of experts to recommend discipline for perpetrators.

June 15, 2018

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By Melanie Mason

Many months after multiple scandals prompted the resignations of several lawmakers, a group of state legislators has proposed a new way to handle harassment and workplace complaints at California’s Capitol.

In the biggest change under the proposal, investigations would be handled by a new unit of the Legislature’s legal office.

June 15, 2018

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By Alexei Koseff And Taryn Luna

The California Legislature will relinquish much of its control over sexual harassment complaints and investigations at the Capitol to independent panels under a new policy proposal unveiled Friday by the Assembly and Senate.

June 15, 2018

The California Senate yesterday passed a state budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2018.

June 14, 2018

By John Myers

Both houses of the California Legislature took final action Thursday on an overarching framework and a few key details of a new state budget, sending the package to Gov. Jerry Brown one day before their legal deadline to take action.

Twenty-five separate pieces of legislation comprise the budget for the state government’s fiscal year that begins next month. Fourteen of the bills were sent to Brown on Thursday, while action is expected early next week on the remaining details.

June 14, 2018

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State Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) had harsh words for law enforcement officials during a California State Senate’s Committee on Public Safety hearing. Bradford lashed out at law enforcement officials during a discussion on Senate Bill 1421 authored by Nancy Skinner, a Bay Area representative, requires police agencies to open their records during officer misconduct cases.

June 14, 2018

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SACRAMENTO  (AP) — When California finally regained its economic footing following the Great Recession, Gov. Jerry Brown convinced voters to back a measure allowing lawmakers to set aside more money for the inevitable next downturn. Four years later, the state’s rainy day fund is on the verge of being full.

June 13, 2018

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“You owe us all a debt, public dollars finance community colleges,” said Senator Holly J. Mitchell at the milestone 50th Commencement Ceremony at West Los Angeles College. “You know what we want? We want you to be the best you can possibly be. We’re asking you to step up, step out, be the change makers, be excellent in your field of study. California is the fifth largest economy in the world and it’s counting on you to be the innovators to take us into the future.”