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After another round of heated debate, a slimmed-down version of the Senate-passed prisons cuts bill squeaked by in the Assembly. The bill, which you can read here, was approved 41-35.

The Assembly's version of the bill lacks several key and controversial components included in the Senate's plan. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, issued a statement saying the Assembly, "took a good first step today but it's not a complete package."

"In the coming weeks, I look forward to working with Speaker Karen Bass and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on further reforms that will strengthen our criminal justice system," he said.

Read more on the bill from The Bee's Jim Sanders here.

Photo: Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, and Assemblyman Alberto Torrico, D-Newark, listen as lawmakers debate the corrections cuts plan Monday afternoon. (Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee)



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