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FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, left, chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, wears a face mask while standing behind a plexiglass barrier during a budget committee hearing in the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Secretary of the Senate Erika Contreras announced that, because of an increase in coronavirus cases, the Senate would not return from its summer recess on July 13. The Assembly announced on Monday it would also delay its return after five people who work in the Assembly tested positive for the coronavirus. Speaker Anthony Rendon's Office confirmed Wednesday that number is now at six confirmed cases. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California Senate delays work as coronavirus cases soar

Jul. 8, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Senate will delay its work because of a coronavirus outbreak at the Capitol and an increasing number of new cases across the state. The Senate had been scheduled to return from its summer recess on Monday. But a memo from Secretary of the Senate Erika Contreras says...

FILE - In this July 11, 2019, file photo, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Inglewood, calls on lawmakers to approve a wildfire measure she co-authored, with Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, and Assemblyman Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, before the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif. A coronavirus outbreak in the California Legislature has indefinitely delayed the state Assembly's return to work from a scheduled summer recess. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's office confirmed five people who work in the Assembly have tested positive for the coronavirus. They include Burke, who is believed to have contracted the virus while on the Assembly floor last month. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Coronavirus disrupts California Legislature for second time

Jul. 7, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After 158 years without missing a scheduled day of deliberations, the California Legislature is headed toward its second interruption in four months because of the coronavirus pandemic — this time after five people who work in the state Assembly contracted the disease. The...

Students wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus have their documents checked by security officers before the first day of China's national college entrance examinations, known as the gaokao, in Beijing, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. China's college entrance exams began in Beijing on Tuesday after being delayed by a month due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Air New Zealand puts hold on new flight bookings

Jul. 6, 2020 11:02 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s national carrier has put a temporary hold on new bookings for flights into the country while the government tries to find enough quarantined hotel rooms for people returning home. Air New Zealand says the hold will last for three weeks and it is also trying...

FILE - In this July 11, 2019, file photo, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Inglewood, calls on lawmakers to approve a wildfire measure she co-authored, with Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, and Assemblyman Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, before the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif. A coronavirus outbreak in the California Legislature has indefinitely delayed the state Assembly's return to work from a scheduled summer recess. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's office confirmed five people who work in the Assembly have tested positive for the coronavirus. They include Burke, who is believed to have contracted the virus while on the Assembly floor last month. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California Assembly delays session after virus outbreak

Jul. 6, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coronavirus outbreak in the California Legislature has indefinitely delayed the state Assembly’s return to work from a scheduled summer recess, highlighting the rapid spread of the virus in a state that has imposed new restrictions on bars and restaurants following a...

California Assembly indefinitely postpones session after lawmaker, 4 others at Capitol test positive for coronavirus

Jul. 6, 2020 7:52 PM EDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Assembly indefinitely postpones session after lawmaker, 4 others at Capitol test positive for coronavirus.
State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, urges lawmakers to approve her measure to expand job protections to more people who take time off to care for a family member during the Senate session at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, July 2, 2020. By a 21-12 the Senate approved the measure that will allow workers at companies with at least five employees up to three months off from work to care for a family member without fear of losing their jobs. The bill now goes to the Assembly. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California Senate OKs expanded protections for family leave

Jul. 2, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Workers in companies with at least five employees could take up to three months off from work to care for a family member without fear of losing their job under a bill that narrowly passed the state Senate on Thursday. California became the first state in the country in 2004 to...

FILE - A Department of Corrections officer guards the main entryway leading into San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif., July 24, 2019. California lawmakers harshly criticized state corrections officials Wednesday, July 1, 2020, for a

California officials blasted for prison coronavirus outbreak

Jul. 2, 2020 12:55 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers harshly criticized state corrections officials' “failure of leadership” Wednesday, saying they botched their handling of the coronavirus pandemic by inadvertently transferring infected inmates to a virus-free prison, triggering the state’s...

Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, calls on lawmakers to approve the $202.1 billion 2020-2021 budget plan at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday, June 26, 2020. The Assembly voted 57-16 to approve the main spending plan that closes an estimated $54.3 billion deficit by temporarily raising taxes on business, cutting funding to courts, colleges and state worker salaries and delaying billions of dollars in payments to public schools. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California lawmakers finish work closing $54B deficit

Jun. 26, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature on Friday finished work on a state spending plan that closes an historic $54.3 billion deficit by temporarily raising taxes on businesses, cutting funding to courts, colleges and state worker salaries, and delaying billions of dollars in payments to...

California voters could expand vote to some 17-year-olds

Jun. 26, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will decide in November whether 17-year-olds should be allowed to vote in primaries or special elections if they will turn 18 by the date of the general election. The California Assembly approved a proposed Constitutional amendment on Friday by a vote of 54-8....

State Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, left, gives a thumbs up as she talks with Sen. Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, at the Capitol, in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, June 25, 2020. The Senate is expected to vote on Thursday, on a state budget plan that has the backing of both Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic Legislative leaders. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California Senate OKs plan to close $54 billion deficit

Jun. 26, 2020 12:56 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Senate on Thursday approved a $202.1 billion spending plan that covers the state's $54.3 billion deficit through a combination of temporary tax increases, delayed spending and cuts to colleges, courts and state worker salaries. The vote came hours after Gov. Gavin...