After the Assembly took just five days to push through a bill allocating $2 million to Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office to work down a mountain of business filings, the Senate is taking a more measured approach to the legislation. Its first committee hearing date is set for April 29.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said last month that the Senate would move quickly on the bill, which would fund overtime and temporary student hires to open thousands of envelops stacked up in the Secretary of State's office, most with checks attached to file important business documents.
The Senate asked for a detailed spending plan from Bowen, who sent this to the Senate nearly two weeks ago. It assumes that that lawmakers will make the funds available on May 1.
It's not clear whether the May Day start is realistic, since the Senate committee won't hear the measure in committee until the end of this month. We've emailed Steinberg's office to ask.
Asked for comment about the Senate's comparatively slow action on the measure, PÃ©rez spokesman Steve Maviglio said the lower house moved quickly on the bill "because every day we don't act, we're losing jobs." The speaker hopes the Senate will move quickly on the bill, Maviglio said.
PHOTO CREDIT: Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. Paul Kitagaki Jr. / Sacramento Bee 2012 file