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September 29, 2012
Jerry Brown calls it a day, with 108 bills to go before deadline

Gov. Jerry Brown has 108 bills left to dispatch before tomorrow night's bill-signing deadline, all of which will come on Sunday, his office said.

The Democratic governor announced signing or vetoing about 90 bills today, before his press secretary, Gil Duran, said on Twitter, "That's all for bills today."

Of the 659 bills he has had handled so far this month, the Democratic governor has vetoed 84.

That veto rate - nearly 13 percent - is close to the about 14 percent rate Brown posted last year. It remains far higher than when Brown was governor before, from 1975 to 1983, and vetoed fewer than 5 percent of regular session bills.

September 29, 2012
Jerry Brown vetoes package of local redevelopment bills

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a package of bills that could have let local governments retain some redevelopment money for affordable housing and other economic development projects following the dissolution of California's redevelopment agencies, his office announced this afternoon.

In his veto messages, the Democratic governor said the measures could distract from the winding down - and cost savings - of redevelopment.

Senate Bill 1156, by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, would have allowed local agencies to establish a "Sustainable Communities Investment Authority" to finance redevelopment-like projects. Assembly Bill 2144, by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, would have expanded the types of local projects that could be financed under existing infrastructure financing districts.

"Expanding the scope of infrastructure financing districts is premature," Brown said in a veto message. "This measure would likely cause cities to focus their efforts on using the new tools provided by the measure instead of winding down redevelopment."

Citing similar reasons, Brown also vetoed two other, similar bills: Senate Bill 214, by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and Assembly Bill 2551, by Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego.


Capitol Alert Staff

Jeremy White Jeremy B. White covers California politics and edits Capitol Alert's mobile Insider Edition. Twitter: @capitolalert

Amy Chance Amy Chance is political editor for The Sacramento Bee. Twitter: @Amy_Chance

Dan Smith Dan Smith is Capitol bureau chief for The Sacramento Bee.

Christopher Cadelago Christopher Cadelago covers California politics and health care. Twitter: @ccadelago

Micaela Massimino Micaela Massimino edits Capitol Alert.

Laurel Rosenhall Laurel Rosenhall covers the Legislature, the lobbying community and higher education. Twitter: @LaurelRosenhall

David Siders David Siders covers the Brown administration. Twitter: @davidsiders

Dan Walters Dan Walters is a columnist for The Sacramento Bee. Twitter: @WaltersBee

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