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  • Top Democratic lawmaker backs off 'carbon tax'

    The state Senate leader on Monday backed off an unpopular proposal for a so-called carbon tax on consumer fuels and instead wants to dedicate billions of dollars generated by California's greenhouse gas reduction law to affordable housing, mass transit and high-speed rail.


  • FILE -- In this Jan. 28, 2014 file photo, state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, left, speaks on a bill, while his seat mate  Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, works at his desk at the Capitol  in Sacramento, Calif. In the wake the recent indictments of Yee and Calderon on federal corruption charges lawmakers are proposing to strengthen political ethics and reform campaign finance laws.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

    California Senate erases websites of 3 lawmakers

    The California Senate has erased the names and online archives of three suspended lawmakers entangled in criminal cases.


  • Lawmakers propose reforms to regain public trust

    A series of scandals that has tarnished the integrity of the state Legislature has prompted a wave of proposals aimed at strengthening political ethics and reforming laws governing campaign contributions.


  • Senate Democrats cancel San Diego golf fundraiser

    The state Senate leader on Tuesday canceled a high-profile golfing fundraiser in the wake of criminal proceedings against three state senators.


  • State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, talks to reporters after he called for Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, to resign his seat in the wake of his arrest on federal corruption and firearm charges, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif.  Steinberg said lawmakers will immediately suspend Yee unless he steps down. The announcement comes hours after Yee was arrested and appeared in federal court.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    California Senate suspends 3 Democratic lawmakers

    The California Senate voted Friday to suspend three lawmakers caught up in separate criminal cases after the latest one to be hauled into court refused to step down, the most serious house-cleaning action the chamber has taken in more than a century.


  • Senate leader calls for lawmaker's resignation

    The Democratic leader of the state Senate is calling on Sen. Leland Yee to resign after being indicted on federal corruption and firearms charges.


  • GOP move to expel senator fails to gain traction

    A Republican resolution seeking to expel from the California Legislature a Democratic state senator convicted of perjury and voter fraud is essentially dead, lawmakers said Wednesday after the issue failed to make a committee agenda.


  • State Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, called for a floor vote to expel Democratic Sen. Rod Wright, who was recently convicted of perjury, during the Senate session in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday March 6,  2014.  The motion was ruled out of order because a similar resolution was derailed by Senate Democrats last week. Wright has been granted a leave of absence as awaits sentencing. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Scandals prompt ethics bills from Senate Democrats

    Stung by criminal charges against two colleagues, the leader of the state Senate and other Democratic lawmakers on Thursday proposed tightening rules on lawmakers and lobbyists.


  • Leader says lost supermajority won't hinder Senate

    Major issues facing the Legislature, including a water bond and reshaping the state's rainy day fund, can be addressed this year despite the loss of Democrats' supermajority, the state Senate leader said Monday.


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