An uprising by female lawmakers is clouding the fate of high-priority legislation to restrict public access to financial records in California divorce cases.

Key Democratic members of the Legislative Women's Caucus have balked at Senate Bill 1015 unless major amendments are made to resolve fears that it could hurt women in divorce court. The high-powered Democratic opposition marks a major setback for SB 1015, which has been widely viewed at the Capitol as a favor to billionaire grocery store magnate and financier Ron Burkle, who has sought to shield records in his own divorce.

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