Bills reflect Calif. Democrats' ambitious agenda


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats are using their supermajorities in the California Legislature to chart an ambitious agenda for the year ahead.

Their priorities are outlined in the hundreds of bills lawmakers introduced before last week's deadline.

Legislation includes proposed changes to gun and ammunition laws, corporate property tax collections, voting rights and state environmental regulations.

By Friday's deadline, lawmakers had introduced 2,189 bills for this year's session. That is actually 8 percent less than in 2011, the start of the previous two-year session.

Democratic leaders have pledged to tread carefully on tax issues and in other areas for fear of alienating voters, yet the majority party is moving aggressively on several fronts, including gun control.

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