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Leaders in the California state Senate say an outside firm will investigate all future sexual harassment complaints.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports.

For four straight years, the California Senate has quietly shelved an Assembly bill that would have provided whistleblower protection to legislative employees. Now, the sexual harassment turmoil at the Capitol could give the bill new life. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports. 

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California has more than 800 new laws on the books this year, after Governor Jerry Brown finished signing legislation last weekend.  Brown also vetoed more than 100 measures.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports state lawmakers know how the governor will act on their bills.

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Governor Jerry Brown's office says Brown will sign a bill today designed to slow the pace that pharmaceutical companies raise drug prices.  The Governor also signed and vetoed other bills over the past weekend.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.

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The California Legislature has adjourned for the year, after a flurry of votes into the early moring hours of Saturday morning.  Lawmakers sent Governor Jerry Brown hundreds of bills - about everything from a parks bond to pet stores.  They also struck major housing, transportation, and climate change deals this year, which many Capitol-watchers thought could not find support.  State government reporter Ben Bradford explains.

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We'll give you one guess whom this next measure in the California Legislature is targeting:  the Assembly has approved a bill that would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the state's primary ballot.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports on a debate yesterday (Thursday) that was hardly presidential.

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The California state Senate and Assembly are hitting overdrive as the legislative year nears its end.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California lawmakers return to the Capitol today (Tuesday) with just two weeks to go before they adjourn for the year.  Capital Public Radio's B en Adler reports on the big issues they'll be facing before the Legislature adjourns at the end of next week.

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California lawmakers could today (Friday) take the first steps toward passing a package of bills that seek to reduce the state's soaring housing costs.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, up to a dozen different housing bills could come up for votes. 

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Although Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have reached agreement on three key bills that seek to reduce California's high housing costs, they're still working to flesh out the rest of the package.  As  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the biggest sticking point is an issue called "inclusionary housing."

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As the federal Obamacare repeal debate drags on, California Assembly speaker Anthony Rendon is calling for a universal health care solution.  But how will it differ from the single-payer plan that he blocked in June?  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola explains.

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This could finally be the week that Governor Jerry Brown and California lawmakers begin to address the state's housing affordability crisis.  Or, maybe not.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has an update from the state Capitol on where the negotiations stand.

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A group backing the recall of Democratic state Senator Josh Newman is now suing the state of California for a new law it says is meant to protect the senator.  If that sounds like deja vu, it's likely because you heard the exact same sentence a month ago, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The contentious effort to recall Democratic state Senator Josh Newman -- who represents a district that spans Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino counties -- is in part a microcosm of fundamental battles between Democrats and Republicans nationwide.  KQED's Marisa Lagos spent time talking with Senator Newman, his supporters, and his opponents.

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California Republicans have again failed to topple GOP Assembly Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley.  Mayes yesterday (Monday) survived a second vote to remove him from his post, but he'll face another next Tuesday, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Inland Empire Republican state Senator Jeff Stone yesterday (Thursday) quit the California Legislature's Jewish Caucus to protest the Caucus's criticism of President Trump's response to the white nationalist rally in Virginia.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California lawmakers can now transfer unlimited funds from their campaign war chests to Fullerton Democratic state Senator Josh Newman as he fights a recall election.  The state's top campaign finance watchdog agency voted to strip the current cap on those contributions during a testy hearing yesterday (Thursday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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A California judge has put on hold a new state law that could delay a recall election for Democratic state Senator Josh Newman.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California lawmakers are on summer recess right now - but a major piece of unfinished business awaits their return later this month.  While they're away, Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders are negotiating a package of bills to address the state's housing crisis.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

California lawmakers today will take up an extension of the state's cap-and-trade program -- a vote Governor Jerry Brown has called the "most important" of their lives.  It's a complicated program, but a relatively simple concept, which Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.

California lawmakers and staff have clocked long hours to get a budget package ready for a vote today (Thursday).  Memo's committee reports, untold pages of legislation.  But moments of levity do break through.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric has this exam

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If you've ever has to go looking for a table to change a kid's diaper, you know they can be hard to find, depending on where you are.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports a proposal to change that is moving forward in the California Legislature.

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Janet Nguyen has gone from back bench obscurity to media darling. The Orange County Republican State Senator got a lot of attention when she was forcibly removed from the Senate floor earlier this year for criticizing the late State Senator Tom Hayden. Of course, intense turn of events are nothing new in Nguyen's life -- As part of her series on immigrant lawmakers, The California Report's Katie Orr spoke to Nguyen.

Democrats in the state Legislature are turning their attention to the issue of affordable housing in California.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports it's their new focus, after passing a transportation funding bill earlier this month.

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Governor Jerry Brown and the oil industry are both pushing to preserve California's struggling cap-and-trade program.  But that will require support from Democratic lawmakers who have doubts about the program.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Republican state Senator Pat Bates, from Laguna Niguel in Orange County, has been elected the new Minority Leader in the state Senate.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.

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A rally at the California state Capitol on International Women's Day and the "Day Without A Woman" drew a couple-hundred people ... and more than a dozen Democratic elected officials.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more on yesterday's (Wednesday) rally.

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In what was called an extraordinary moment of incivility in the California Legislature, a Democratic state Senator ordered security to remove his Republican colleague from the floor of the Senate chamber yesterday (Thursday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains what happened.

Republican State Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach recently claimed the Oroville Dam emergency in Northern California was "entirely avoidable."  He added that Governor Jerry Brown failed to spend a single dollar from a recent water bond to pay for upgrades to the massive structure.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out those claims by the Orange County lawmaker

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Foreign delegations routinely visit the California state Capitol.  But with Mexico and the U.S. at odds over certain policies these days, this week's visit from a half-dozen Mexican senators carries added significance.  Our Capital Bureau Chief Ben Adler spent some time with two of the senators.

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