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Gov. Jerry Brown's appointees to head the Department of Finance and the state Natural Resources Agency were confirmed with broad support in the state Senate today.

The upper house approved Ana Matosantos, who served as former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's finance director, retaining her post in the Brown administration by a vote of 36-1, with just Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, voting no. Former Democratic Assemblyman John Lairdwon confirmation as natural resources secretary by a vote of 35-0.

Both had received bipartisan support and been approved 5-0 during earlier confirmation hearings in front of the Senate Rules Committee.



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