The Assembly and Senate will be working longer hours in floor sessions this week to consider hundreds of bills facing a Friday deadline to be acted upon in their house of origin. Those that pass will face hearings and more votes in the other house this summer. Here are 15 bills to watch this week.
In the Assembly
Assembly Bills 1500 and 1501, by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles. Repeals a tax break that benefits out-of-state corporations and uses the money to pay for "middle-class scholarships" for college students. Requires a two-thirds vote.
Assembly Bill 2312 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco. Creates a regulatory process for the medical marijuana industry and allows local governments to impose up to a 5 percent tax on sales.
Assembly Bill 1436, by Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles. Allows people to register to vote up to and including Election Day.
Assembly Bill 1544, Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella. Allows non-felon undocumented immigrants to receive permits to work in the agricultural, food service, housekeeping or janitorial industries in California.
Assembly Bill 1993 by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco. Restricts ability of police to impound vehicles from unlicensed drivers.
Assembly Bill 2039 by Assemblyman Sandré Swanson, D-Alameda. Expands family and medical leave to cover care for domestic partners, independent adult children, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren or parents in-law with serious health conditions.
In the Senate
Senate Bill 956, by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance. Restricts "Buy-Here-Pay-Here" automobile dealers, including placing a cap on their interest rates and imposing conditions on repossessing vehicles sold by them.
Senate Bill 974, by Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa. Requires the state to study the impact of closing targeted state parks including economic effects on local communities and to prepare a plan for future reopening.
Senate Bills 1052 and 1053, by Sen. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento. would create an open source library, run by the state, to allow students to read many college textbooks free online or obtain them for about $20 per hard copy.
Senate Bill 1161, by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles. Prohibits the California Public Utilities Commission from regulating the ever-expanding Internet-based voice industry unless explicitly authorized by federal or state law.
Senate Bill 1234, by Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles. Creates a "personal pension" plan to which private sector employees not otherwise covered by a retirement plan could contribute throughout their careers. The state would run the program but would not be liable for payments.
Senate Bill 1426, by Sen. Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo. Bans lobbyists and firms that hire them from giving elected state officials various kinds of gifts, including golf outings, gift cards, spa treatment or tickets to sporting events, racetracks or theme parks.
Senate Bill 1390, by Sen. Rod Wright, D-Inglewood. Allows betting on professional or collegiate sporting events at California racetracks, Indian casinos and other gambling establishments. Bill could only take effect if current federal ban is dropped or found illegal.