Today is the last day for bills to pass out of their house of origin, but both chambers of the Legislature are quiet. Despite concerns that the Senate and Assembly, with long lists of legislation to get through in this shortened Memorial Day week, would be bumping up against their deadline, they made it through the hundreds of remaining bills by Thursday afternoon.
Labor and business interests both scored big victories on controversial proposals. A bill requiring paid sick leave for workers passed out of the Assembly and the Senate approved a plan to tie annual minimum wage adjustments to inflation. Meanwhile, a moratorium on fracking and a bill to label genetically-engineered food, which had been strongly opposed by the oil and agriculture industries, died in the Senate.
Though the GMO legislation did not pass, two other food-labeling proposals did. The Senate approved bills that would put warnings on sugary drinkings and require fish for sale to be identified by their common name.
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PUBLIC AFFAIRS: One of two propositions on the June ballot would enshrine California's open meetings and public records laws in the state constitution. It would also require local governments to pay the cost of complying with the laws, an expense the state was previously required to pay. Before voters weigh in on the measure, however, the Commission on State Mandates will consider approving $9.6 million in reimbursements to local agencies and school districts for additional information services required under the Public Records Act over the past decade, 10 a.m. in Room 447 of the Capitol.
TOM-FUEL-ERY: Among the state's efforts to comply with AB 32, the landmark 2006 law mandating a reduction of California's greenhouse gas emissions, is the "low carbon fuel standard," which requires producers of petroleum-based fuel to reduce the carbon intensity of their product by 10 percent by 2020. The Air Resources Board holds a public workshop on proposed revisions to the fuel standard beginning at 9 a.m. at the Cal/EPA building on I Street.
PHOTO: Twenty-eight of the new Assemblymembers undergo orientation inside the Assembly Chambers on Nov. 12, 2008. The Sacramento Bee/Brian Baer