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The Latest on Legislature: Election recount bill approved

Al Gordon votes during the Los Angeles County primary election on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Saint Mary of the Angels in Los Feliz.
Al Gordon votes during the Los Angeles County primary election on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Saint Mary of the Angels in Los Feliz.
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The California Legislature is proposing new rules for recounts in disputed statewide elections.

The Assembly voted 67-4 on Wednesday to send AB44 by Democratic Assemblyman Kevin Mullin of South San Francisco to the governor's desk.

The bill would allow the governor to order a state-funded recount of any statewide ballot measure or elected office in which the margin of victory is extremely small. The new count would have to be done entirely by hand.

The Assembly also voted 48-21 to pass SB365 by Democratic Sen. Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills, allowing counties to establish sites at libraries and other public locations where voters can drop off their mail-in ballots.

The bill now goes back to the Senate for a final vote.