Calif. lawmakers reject health care bill

SACRAMENTO Calif. In what was widely seen as a test of state-level health insurance mandates, a California Senate committee voted yesterday to kill Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposal for extending coverage to all Californians. The measure, already approved by the state Assembly, would have been funded in part by imposing payroll fees on restaurants and other employers.

Observers said the 7-1 vote by the Health Committee underscores the need to address

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