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20110120_HA_STEINBERG1217.JPGWith the June 15 constitutional deadline looming, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, announced today that his house will begin daily budget floor sessions Friday at 10 a.m.

No deal appears imminent as Republicans and Democrats remain divided over whether to extend higher sales and vehicle tax rates until voters can have their say. Republicans do not want to extend those tax rates, while Gov. Jerry Brown is asking that they do so until a mid-September special election.

The two parties are also negotiating a spending cap, pension cuts and environmental regulation changes, as well as curtailing or eliminating redevelopment agencies.

Steinberg said the Senate plans to meet through the weekend and into next week, giving lawmakers all of Thursday to review bill language.

The Assembly adjourned Thursday and remains on call until its normally scheduled Monday floor session.

The June 15 deadline has greater importance this year - at least to lawmakers - in light of a 2010 voter-approved measure that halts legislative pay on June 16 without a budget sent to the governor. Controller John Chiang, who issues legislative paychecks, said last week he would not pay lawmakers unless they send a balanced budget to Brown.

PHOTO CREDIT: Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, speaks at the Capitol Bureau on Jan. 20, 2011. Hector Amezcua, Sacramento Bee.


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