And they are off. The first of the budget bills is being taken up in the Legislature as the Assembly and Senate both convened at 10 a.m. to talk money. The plan is for the two houses to take up about 16 bills today, with the remaining bills being pushed over to Saturday, said John Vigna, spokesman for the Speaker's Office.
If lawmakers are ahead of schedule, they will attempt to take up more bills in hopes of not having to come in Saturday, Vigna said.
There are 22 bills in the budget package. Each house has to approve the main budget and the accompanying trailer bills.
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PHOTO: Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, Gov. Jerry Brown and Assembly Speaker John Perez celebrate a budget deal with a formal announcement at the State Capitol on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Randy Pench