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Legislative deadline nears for hundreds of bills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Hundreds of bills that failed to pass the Legislature last year face an end-of-the-month deadline to gain initial support, including measures affecting gun owners, the oil industry and farm laborers.

It's the first significant bill deadline of 2014, the second half of the Legislature's two-year session. The bills are dead if they don't pass the house where they originated by Jan. 31, and dozens of the holdover bills already have died in committees.

Among the bills is SB241 by Democratic Sen. Noreen Evans of Santa Rosa, which would impose a tax on companies that extract oil in California. Her bill is stalled in committee, but she plans to propose new legislation that would put the oil tax before voters in 2016, an avenue that does not require the governor's approval.

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