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From pot possession to ‘Chelsea’s Law,’ Sacramento legislators get busy

The California state capitol building in Sacramento.
The California state capitol building in Sacramento.
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More people can drive in the carpool lane. Possession of less than an ounce of marijuana will be an infraction, not a misdemeanor in California. These were among a flurry of new bills passed by the state legislature, Monday. Add to that, spending caps for public officials and increased penalties for sexual crimes against children. What else will lawmakers tackle before the session ends at midnight, tonight? And will the budget merit a mention?


Dan Schnur, executive director of the Fair Political Practices Commission