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December 04, 2008

San Francisco Chronicle

Matthew Yi, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau

Sacramento - Democratic lawmakers, who hold a majority in the state Legislature, introduced a bill Wednesday to change the two-thirds requirement for approving state budgets to a simple majority vote.

The move, which would allow Democrats to approve a spending plan without Republicans' support, came as members of both parties were locked in battle in a special session to solve the state's growing budget deficit.

December 02, 2008

State Assemblyman Jerry Hill was sworn in only yesterday, but he’s quickly moving to tackle the state’s budget woes, submitting legislation that could save the state $300 million this year and planning to introduce a constitutional amendment today that could radically change how lawmakers pass the budget.

Today, Hill, D-San Mateo, and Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, will introduce a constitutional amendment that would allow a simple majority to pass the budget, rather than the currently required two-thirds of legislators.

December 02, 2008

San Francisco Chronicle

Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau

Sacramento - Amid a deepening budget crisis, state lawmakers celebrated Monday as members of the Assembly and the state Senate were sworn in for new terms in office.

Several former members of the Assembly moved across the Capitol to the Senate, while a few moved the other way, and about two dozen lawmakers took their seats for the first time.

December 01, 2008

There are 15 Democrats brand new to the Legislature being sworn in today. That doesn't include former Sen. Tom Torlakson, who previously served eight years in the Senate and four years in the Assembly, or former Sen. Wes Chesbro, who served eight years in the Senate.

Capitol Alert offers a brief introduction to the Democratic freshman class:

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San Mateo County supervisor.Replaces Gene Mullin, D-South San Francisco

December 01, 2008

The Sacramento Bee

There are 15 Democrats brand new to the Legislature being sworn in today. That doesn't include former Sen. Tom Torlakson, who previously served eight years in the Senate and four years in the Assembly, or former Sen. Wes Chesbro, who served eight years in the Senate.

Capitol Alert offers a brief introduction to the Democratic freshman class: