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CALIFORNIA. The name of one of the states of the United States. It was admitted into the Union, by an Act of Congress, passed the 9th September, 1850, entitled "An act for the admission of the state of California into the Union."
     Sec. 1. This section enacts and declares that the state of California shall be one of the United States, and admitted into the Union on an equal footing with the original states, in all respects whatever.
     Sec. 2. Enacts that the state of California shall be entitled to two representatives, until the representatives in Congress shall be apportioned according to the actual enumeration of the inhabitants, of the United States.
     Sec. 3. By this section a condition is expressly imposed on the said state that the people thereof shall never interfere with the primary disposal of the public lands within its limits, nor pass any law, nor do any act, whereby the title of the United States to, and right to dispose of the same, shall be impaired or questioned. It also provides that they shall never lay any tax, or assessment of any description whatever, upon the public domain of the United States; and that in no case shall non-resident proprietors, who are citizens of the United States, be taxed higher than residents; that all navigable waters within the said state shall be common highways, forever free, as well to the inhabitants of said state, as to citizens of the United States, without any tax, impost or duty therefor; with this proviso, viz., that nothing contained in the act shall be construed as recognizing or rejecting the propositions tendered by the people of California, as articles of compact in the ordinance adopted by the convention which formed the constitution of that state.
     2. The principal features of the constitution, of California, are similar to those of most, of the recently formed state constitutions. It establishes an elective judiciary, and: confers on the executive a qualified veto. It prohibits the creation of a state debt exceeding $300,000. It provides for the protection of the homestead from execution, and secures the property of married females separate from that of their husbands. It makes a liberal provision for the support of schools, prohibits the legislature from granting divorces, authorizing lotteries, and creating corporations, except by general laws, and from establishing any bank's of issue or circulation. It provides also that every stockholder of a corporation or joint-stock association, shall be individually and personally liable for his proportion of all its, debts or liabilities. There is also a clause prohibiting slavery, which, it is said, was inserted by the unanimous vote of the delegates.

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Such is a feeble outline of the Californian coast and country, the value of which is more and more attracting the attention of naval powers.
para]]Most Californians think Agricultural Water User Should be Prioritized Over Residential[[/para]]
More Californians will travel - by car, bus and air - Labor Day weekend, says AAA Despite $4-a-gallon and higher gasoline prices, Californians are determined to enjoy a late-summer holiday outing, according to AAA.
Meanwhile, the number of Californians who think the state is heading in the right direction soared 30 points, to 53 percent.
It's alarming to think of the millions of Californians who are so financially insecure--especially given the increasing cost of living in the Golden State.
Low-income Californians are just as likely as their wealthier counterparts to use the Internet for health information, according to a Pew Internet and American Life Project completed for the California HealthCare Foundation.
It would undoubtedly mean that Californians would face long lines to fill their gas tanks.
Australians and Californians were drawn to one another by similar environments, expanding networks of communication, the perception that their societies occupied peripheral positions in the world economy, and most importantly, by similar historical patterns of development.
In California, where 90 percent of domestic wines are produced, grapes receive more pesticides than any other crop: 59 million pounds in 1995 alone, according to Californians for Pesticide Reform.
The following statement is attributed to Carmella Gutierrez, president of Californians for Patient Care:
18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) released the results of a California-specific poll that shows that two in three Californians support legislation requiring sales tax collection at the time of purchase.
It's up to moderates in both parties to seek common ground and to work collaboratively to represent the broad interests of all Californians.

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