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GOP Bills Die in Committee

Hundreds of bills passed their first committee votes this week at the State Capitol. But many did not – especially measures authored by minority Republicans.

One measure would create a sales tax exemption for the purchase of manufacturing equipment. The California Chamber of Commerce calls that bill one of its "Job Creators" - but it's been moved to the suspense file, meaning it might come up for a vote someday... or it might not.

A measure that would streamline California's death penalty system also failed. That prompted an angry outburst from Mark Klaas - the father of a slain girl whose killer still sits on Death Row fifteen years after his sentence.

"There is no way that the death penalty will ever be fixed - and we all agree that it's a broken system - as long as you turn your back on every common-sense solution that's put forth," remarked Klaas.

And a bill that would make romantic relationships between high school teachers and students over 18 a felony stalled this week as well.

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