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NRA mailer targets gun bills

In the objections it lodged with the Senate committee on Rendon’s bill, the NRA says lead poisoning of wildlife continues despite a partial ban on the use of lead bullets in California.

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Brown’s action on female eggs bill raises questions

In vetoing a controversial bill Tuesday night that would have allowed women to receive compensation for egg cells used in research, Gov. Brown wrote, “Not everything in life is for sale nor should it be.”

But while Brown’s pithy, oft-quoted statement indicates that female oocyte cells are one of those things that shouldn’t be for

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Crunch time: Deals loom as clock ticks

You name it, it’s on the table

The final weeks of the 2013 legislative session begin Monday.

May God have mercy.

Those five weeks will still be just as frenetic as always despite the back-patting by Gov. Jerry Brown and Democrats in the Legislature about all their “major” accomplishments connected with the June, on-time passage

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Changing LifeLine could hurt low-income consumers

Assemblymember Steven Bradford claims that AB 1407 is needed to improve California’s LifeLine program (“PUC’s dithering hurts those who depend on basic phone service,” Capitol Weekly, July 29). According to Mr. Bradford, the California Public Utilities Commission has taken too long to revise the program, and AB 1407 will give LifeLine customers more choices while

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Lead in ammunition poses health risks to humans and wildlife

George Bird Grinnell, who founded the original National Audubon Society in the late 19th Century, warned in 1894 that lead shot left behind on the ground could poison birds, and our organization has been concerned about this this environmental threat ever since. This is why Audubon California is a co-sponsor (with Defenders of Wildlife and

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Locals, labor square off over superstores

An effort is under way in the Capitol to require local governments to perform comprehensive economic impact studies of so-called “superstores” before approving the projects.

The thorny issue pits big-box, general-service, non-union retailers such as Wal-Mart against small businesses and organized labor, who believe the huge stores unfairly compete and spark downward economic spirals. It

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Law prevents cuts in retirees’ health care costs

A Senate committee has approved two bills that free the city of Carson and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District from limits in a CalPERS-run health care program, allowing them to make cuts in retiree health costs bargained with labor unions.

The CalPERS program operates under the limits of a state law that can permit new

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California’s enterprise zones on the block

It could be the calm before the storm.

On Gov. Brown’s desk is a hard-fought plan to dismantle California’s enterprise zones, shift key authority over $700 million in business tax and other incentives to the state and boost the pay of new workers. The governor, joined by most Democrats and a handful of Republicans, pushed

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CEQA a tool to protect Native American heritage

When California’s Environmental Quality Act captures public attention, it’s usually because of a struggle between developers and business interests on one side and environmentalists on the other.

But for the Native American community, CEQA has a deeper significance: It is viewed as a tool in maintaining the tribes’ cultural heritage when their land has been

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Fruits and nuts in the Golden State

The “Choose California Act” was one of hundreds of Assembly bills volleyed into the Senate during the end-of-May frenzy before the deadline for legislation to leave its house of origin.

 

When it began its legislative life, the well-intentioned measure, AB 199, was eight paragraphs long. The bill sent to the Senate for its consideration

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