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Legislature Introduces Bills, Adjourns Til Jan

Lawmakers in Sacramento met only briefly yesterday before adjourning until January.

83 bills in all were introduced yesterday, and the issue that quickly stood out on the center stage was gay marriage.

One bill was introduced that would allow gay couples to marry in California, and a constitutional amendment was introduced by Republicans that would define marriage as being only between a man and a woman.

Lawmakers also promised to reintroduce other bills Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed this year.

Those bills include increasing California´s minimum wage to $7.75 an hour, allowing illegal immigrants to apply for driver´s licenses and requiring the state to help Californians buy cheaper prescription drugs from Canadian pharmacies.