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In an annual ritual, the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday delayed action on scores of bills, including two dealing with paid sick leave and evidence of rapes.

The Appropriations Committee's suspense file is often the place where bills go to die. Most bills must pass through before getting a floor vote and some of the costlier ones make it no further, ending their journey on the "suspense file."

Among the bills now gathering dust on suspense: a measure requiring more paid sick leave, legislation seeking to limit the use of solitary confinement in California prisons, a bill requiring schools to teach about the Armenian genocide, a bill requiring more timely testing of so-called rape kits and a bill altering the much-disputed fire prevention fee.

Interestingly, one measure placed on suspense was introduced and advocated by the committee's chair. Citing a rash of Los Angeles hit-and-runs Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, authored a bill fortifying penalties for drivers who flee the scene - that bill has also been relegated to the suspense file.

Editor's note: A previous version of this post stated that a final decision on these bills will happen after the state budget is enacted in June. In fact, bills must be passed out of their house of origin by the end of May.

PHOTO: Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D- Los Angeles, leaves a of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli.


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