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Numerous Bills Pass Before Friday Deadline

The state Senate passed a bill that would close loopholes allowing lawmakers to accept gifts from people or organizations with business before the legislature. That would include specific entertainment gifts like tickets to theaters, concerts or sporting events.

The Senate also passed legislation that would modernize Cal-Access, which is the state website that shows campaign contributions and lobbying activity. Another bill passed by the Senate, provides that clergy would not be required to perform marriages against their beliefs, such as same-sex marriages.

In the Assembly, a measure that would allow residents to register to vote up to Election Day passed. It would change the current requirement of registration at least fifteen days before an election.