In all, 45 states, the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico passed 31,005 new laws in 2010. Some of them will come into effect with the new year. Here is a sampling of some of the trends in lawmaking in 2010.
California handed redistricting to a nonpartisan commission to help break the state's chronic gridlock. The new political maps, it is becoming apparent, could do more than that.
California's ballot-initiative process has roiled that state for 100 years. Legislators are now proposing reforms to bring it under control.
Kody Brown, star of TLC's 'Sister Wives,' files suit in federal court seeking to prevent prosecution for polygamy under Utah law. The case may force another reexamination of laws governing sexual choices and lifestyles.
A Republican member of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors wants his county and 12 others to secede from California and form the 51st state. His colleagues gave him an unenthusiastic go ahead Tuesday to explore the idea.
Several voter-approved propositions helped resolve the typical California budget dysfunction this year. With new reforms, a new budget, and fix-it Gov. Jerry Brown, the future of the Golden State could be brightening.
Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, vetoed the Democrats' California budget Thursday, raising questions about whether legislators will still get paychecks tomorrow and whether the governor has any allies left in the Capitol.
California legislators will have to begin to forfeit their salaries if they don't pass a state budget Wednesday. To meet the deadline, legislators are rushing through a deal that could test Gov. Jerry Brown's campaign promise not to sign a 'smoke and mirrors' budget.
In a 5-to-4 ruling, the Supreme Court says severe overcrowding in the prisons violates the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment. A minority opinion offers a sharp dissent.
President Obama made his two-day, six-stop trip to California to raise money and rally his base. Along the way, he drew cheers at Facebook headquarters and hecklers in San Francisco.
Republican lawmakers are blocking Gov. Jerry Brown's attempts to put a tax-rate extension before voters this summer. But a new Field Poll shows Californians back Brown's plan.