SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Senate on Monday approved six labor contracts covering more than 50,000 prison guards, engineers, scientists and other California state workers, despite concern from some lawmakers that they save less money than originally hoped.

It took two tries to win approval of the contracts. The Senate needed 27 votes to pass SB151, including votes from two Republican lawmakers. The first time the measure came up, it received only one GOP vote, from Sen. Sam Blakeslee of San Luis Obispo.

A few hours later, Republican Sen. Anthony Cannella of Ceres, also signed on. The legislation now goes to the Assembly.

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