Here is a wrap up of the compromises that led to some landmark victories and the squabbling that resulted in high-profile losses:
VACCINES, AID IN DYING
Fights over legislation to mandate vaccinations for schoolchildren and allow the terminally ill to end their lives with help from doctors transcended party lines and sparked the most raw, emotional debate that
Droves of parents who oppose mandatory vaccines, including groups of moms from
Proponents say the measure is a vital tool needed to protect the public health, but opponents insist it violates their constitutional rights and are still fighting in court to strike it down.
Similarly, the Catholic church last year fought against a landmark law inspired by the story of
HELPING POOR FAMILIES
Legislation approved by lawmakers in 2013 hiking the minimum wage to
But his tune changed when labor unions gathered enough signatures to place a
TOUGH ON TOBACCO
Efforts to thwart Big Tobacco's access to a new generation of customers by boosting the legal smoking age to 21 and regulating e-cigarettes as tobacco products stalled in the Legislature in the spring of 2015 amid heavy pressure from the industry. In the spring of 2016, lawmakers used the special session on health care funding to revive them.
MORE GUN CONTROL
Major gun legislation Brown signed into law in July will force firearm owners to turn over high-capacity ammunition magazines and make
Brown also endorsed legislation that will prohibit long guns with "bullet buttons" that make it easier for shooters to reload, strip a resident's gun rights for 10 years as punishment for knowingly filing a false report of a gun loss or theft, and limit the lending of guns to family members who have not completed
COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE
After losing an ugly fight last year with the oil industry over efforts to require
On the last day of the legislative session, Brown and Democratic legislative leaders struck a deal to spend nearly
The deal is the third in a series of climate victories Brown and top
TRANSPORTATION AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Hopes of spending
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