Mark Leno en Prisons Battle Heats Up at California Capitol <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California Senate Democrats have approved their own plan to deal with the federal court order to reduce prison overcrowding.&nbsp; They pushed their proposal through the Senate Budget Committee today over the objections of Republicans and Governor Jerry Brown.</span></p><p>Corrections Secretary Jeff Beard lobbied strongly for Brown’s plan, known as Senate Bill 105.&nbsp; It would increase capacity by contracting out beds from county, private and out-of-state facilities.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 01:18:59 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 21082 at Prisons Battle Heats Up at California Capitol California Lawmakers Respond To Budget With Some Relief <p></p><div><p></p><p>Most California lawmakers say they agree with Governor Jerry Brown that now is the time for fiscal discipline in light of a balanced budget.</p><p>But as Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, Democratic lawmakers have not ruled out restoring some cuts.</p><p>Legislative Democratic leaders expressed relief at the announcement of a balanced budget. They say the extra $2.7 billion in education funding is also a step in the right direction.</p><p>Senate Budget Chair Mark Leno says lawmakers are now in a position to talk about policy rather than cuts.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 00:52:07 +0000 Amy Quinton 9254 at California Lawmakers Respond To Budget With Some Relief California Bill Would Allow More Than Two Parents Per Child <p>The California law that says a judge can recognize only two legal parents per child would change under a bill working its way through the legislature. The bill&rsquo;s author says not every family today looks like &ldquo;Ozzie and Harriet&rsquo;s.&rdquo;</p><p>Democratic Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco says he wrote the bill to recognize non-traditional families&hellip;where there might be biological non-custodial fathers or surrogate mothers. The bill rises from the case of a child who had two legal mothers.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 01:09:48 +0000 Amy Quinton 1290 at