SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Latest on legislation to change the rules for recalling California lawmakers (all times local):

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation aimed at helping a Democratic senator survive a recall election attempt.

The Democratic governor signed the bill hours after the Assembly and Senate approved it on Thursday.

The bill could help Democratic Sen. Josh Newman of Fullerton survive an effort to remove him from office over his vote for a gas tax increase. Both parties have battled fiercely over the recall, which will determine whether Democrats retain a supermajority in the Senate.

SB117 allows people to remove their names from a recall petition and create additional steps before the governor can call an election. It’s likely to delay a recall election for Newman until next year.

Republicans want the recall election in November, shortly after the higher gas tax takes effect.


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California Democrats have approved a second bill that could help protect one of their own lawmakers facing a recall and preserve their Senate supermajority.

The Assembly and Senate voted Thursday to send the measure to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Election officials in three counties say they’ve verified enough signatures for an election on recalling Democratic Sen. Josh Newman of Fullerton. Republicans say Newman should be removed from office over his vote for a gas tax increase.

SB117 would allow people to remove their name from a recall petition and require the state to estimate the costs of holding a special election.

The same changes were passed in June but a court put them on hold.

The bill could delay the recall to coincide with the statewide primary in June.