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Immigration rights activists hold a sit-in at Gov. Jerry Brown's office in July. An Assembly-passed bill would restrict the ability of police to detain people based on their immigration status.

The Buzz: Pelosi, other California House Dems urge Jerry Brown to sign immigrant bill

Published: Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other members of California's Democratic congressional delegation waded into home-state politics this week, urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign immigration-related legislation.

Their letter, signed by 28 lawmakers and dated Monday, comes after activists staged a sit-in at Brown's office last month in support of the measure, which would bar police from detaining people based on immigration status unless they have been convicted of a serious crime.

The lawmakers told their fellow Democrat that the bill "sets clear, uniform standards to limit burdensome detentions of aspiring citizens by local law enforcement solely on the basis of federal immigration detainer requests."

Assembly Bill 4, by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, was passed by the Assembly in May but has yet to clear the Senate.

Brown vetoed similar legislation last year but signaled in his veto message that the legislation could be amended to gain his support.

The current version of the bill gives law enforcement "much broader discretion to honor detainer requests than last year's vetoed bill," the lawmakers' letter said.

– David Siders

BUDGET WATCH

The Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes recently released a report faulting the state Controller's Office for bungling an attempted new payroll system, and a Senate budget subcommittee is examining what went awry. Representatives from state Controller John Chiang's office are expected to testify at the hearing, which starts after the session adjourns.

– Jeremy B. White

WORTH REPEATING

"Let's get something done."

SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEM DARRELL STEINBERG, D- Sacramento, telling an Assembly committee Wednesday that though he's still trying to find a middle ground on reforming the California Environmental Quality Act, he's determined to enact something by the end of the legislative session. The panel voted 5-0 to approve his SB 731 on assurances that it's a "work in progress."

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