Sacramento Bee: Bills, oaths and receptions mark California Legislature’s first day

BY LAUREL ROSENHALL AND JEREMY B. WHITE Assemblywoman Young Kim, R-Fullerton, is sworn in Monday at the state Capitol. HECTOR AMEZCUA With a room full of freshly sworn-in state legislators looking back at her, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, offered a few hints on Monday of how this incoming legislative class will differ from … Continue reading

LA Times: California lawmakers set goals as new Legislature convenes

Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) carries 4-year-old nephew Nathan Rogelio Hernandez while taking the oath of office. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press) By MELANIE MASON, PATRICK MCGREEVY  The new legislative session officially began Monday, with lawmakers converging on the Capitol to take the oath of office and legislative leaders signaling that the proposed University of … Continue reading

NCOA: Congress returns home to campaign

From our colleagues at NCOA:  This month, Congress took a brief respite from the campaign trail to address a few must-pass measures. Among the bills sent to the President is a continuing resolution that funds federal programs from the beginning of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1 through Dec. 11. Before your Representatives return … Continue reading

LA Times: Bill requiring lawmakers to use state insurance exchange fizzles

By Melanie Mason SACRAMENTO — A measure that would have required lawmakers to use the state’s insurance exchange to get their healthcare benefits failed in an Assembly committee Friday. Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert) introduced the bill last October, coinciding with the launch of Covered California, the insurance marketplace created under President Obama‘s landmark healthcare overhaul. Nestande proposed that lawmakers … Continue reading

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