California lawmakers narrowly approved a sweeping plastic bag ban Friday, leaving Gov. Jerry Brown to decide the fate of the controversial bill in an election year.

The Bee is hosting weekly live chats during Friday night football this season, beginning with tonight's first games. Dennis Hansen will host, with contributions from The Bee's Joe Davidson, SureWest Sports' Mike Finnerty and other reporters and contributors from throughout the greater Sacramento region.
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California could soon become the last state in the West to regulate water pulled from beneath the earth, with the Legislature on Friday advancing an unprecedented groundwater-management strategy.
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A popular eatery inside the state Capitol building was closed Friday after the U.S. Marshals Service effected what is known as a “till tap,” taking money from the cash register to satisfy a court order.
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Aldon Smith and the 49ers on Friday received the news they’d been bracing for since last year: The team’s star outside linebacker has been suspended for nine games without pay this season for his long list of legal run-ins. Smith is eligible to return to the playing field Nov. 10, one day after the 49ers’ game at New Orleans.
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Days after the families of those killed in the Isla Vista shooting pleaded for action, California lawmakers sent to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk a measure that allows parents to obtain a restraining order barring gun use for someone displaying mental instability.
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Follow the closing hours of the California legislative session with updates from The Sacramento Bee's Capitol Bureau staff.

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