legislature http://kvpr.org en Fluke Enters Senate Race as Number of Women in California Legislature Declines http://kvpr.org/post/fluke-enters-senate-race-number-women-california-legislature-declines <p>Women’s rights advocate Sandra Fluke is running for a state senate seat. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, her candidacy comes as the number of women in the state legislature is dropping.</p><p>Women make up more than half of California’s population, but just over a quarter of the state legislature. The number of women elected to the legislature has been dropping for several years. It’s an issue Fluke has been working to fix.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 04:01:58 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 28164 at http://kvpr.org Fluke Enters Senate Race as Number of Women in California Legislature Declines California GOP Lawmakers: Build Reserve, Pay Down Debt http://kvpr.org/post/california-gop-lawmakers-build-reserve-pay-down-debt <p>Minority Republicans are calling for spending restraint, paying down debt and putting a portion of the state’s one-time revenues into infrastructure projects.</p><p>Assembly GOP Leader Connie Conway says Governor Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats should resist the temptation to spend the money that’s coming into state coffers well above budget projections.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 02:05:54 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 26869 at http://kvpr.org California GOP Lawmakers: Build Reserve, Pay Down Debt California Democrats Focused on Financial Recovery http://kvpr.org/post/california-democrats-focused-financial-recovery <p>The California legislature is back in session and Democrats remain firmly in control. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, leaders are starting the year with a focus on the economy.</p><p>Democratic leaders are pushing a message of restoring the state’s economy by creating a rainy day fund and paying down debt. But projects like high speed rail and the Delta water tunnel plan could put pressure on the budget.</p><p>Democrats hold a super majority in the legislature, but Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett says the party will continue to act responsibly. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 02:02:22 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 26868 at http://kvpr.org California Democrats Focused on Financial Recovery New Lawmakers Sworn in, Giving Democrats Full Control http://kvpr.org/post/new-lawmakers-sworn-giving-democrats-full-control <p></p><p>California’s newly-elected legislature is now officially sworn in, and Democrats hold supermajorities in both chambers.&nbsp; But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, legislative leaders are making a point of being modest.</p><p class="p5">The entire Assembly and half the Senate took their oaths on Monday, giving Democrats the power they’ve long craved – the ability to raise taxes.&nbsp; But voters just did that for them, approving Prop 30 last month, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says that’s enough for now:</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 02:18:13 +0000 Ben Adler 7677 at http://kvpr.org New Lawmakers Sworn in, Giving Democrats Full Control Speaker Pérez Wary of Overplaying Democratic Supermajorities http://kvpr.org/post/speaker-p-rez-wary-overplaying-democratic-supermajorities <p></p><p></p><p>California Democrats have gained a supermajority in both state legislative houses for the first time in 70 years. &nbsp;But as KPCC’s Julie Small reports, the Assembly Speaker says his party won’t exploit the power.</p><p>The two-thirds majority in the Assembly and Senate gives Democrats the power to raise taxes without Republican votes.&nbsp; They’ll also be able to expedite bills and change legislative rules. &nbsp;But Assembly Speaker John Perez downplays that new power.</p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:40:01 +0000 Joe Moore 7119 at http://kvpr.org Speaker Pérez Wary of Overplaying Democratic Supermajorities Governor Brown Shares Priorities for Working with New Legislature http://kvpr.org/post/governor-brown-shares-priorities-working-new-legislature <p></p><p>Governor Jerry Brown shared a list of priorities for working with a new state legislature, which appears to be reaching a two-thirds majority in both houses.&nbsp;</p><p>Now that his Prop 30 campaign is over, Governor Brown says he’s turning his attention to other matters.</p><p>“We ought to calibrate our regulations to ensure that they encourage jobs as well as protect other aspects of the public interest like the environment, health and good working conditions,” said Brown.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 01:54:40 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 6566 at http://kvpr.org Governor Brown Shares Priorities for Working with New Legislature