The 37 bills the California Chamber of Commerce labeled "job killers" because they would increase regulation or raise taxes have been whittled down to five as the 2013 legislative session enters its last days.
The others have either been held in committee or defeated in floor votes but technically could be revived next year.
The highest-profile survivor is Assembly Bill 10, carried by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, which would raise the minimum wage by $2 per hour over the next five years.
The measure was approved by the full Assembly and awaits a Senate vote after Alejo agreed to remove an automatic cost-of-living escalator.
The other four bills on the list that remain alive include:
Senate Bill 404 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, which would extend anti-discrimination protections to employees who are engaged in family care duties.
Senate Bill 365 by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, which would place a 10-year limit on business tax exemptions.
Senate Bill 691 by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, which would increase penalties for non-vehicular air quality violations.
Assembly Bill 769 by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, which would end the business net operating loss tax carry-back deduction.
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"Immigrants are our friends, immigrants are our neighbors, immigrants are our co-workers and immigrants are our family members."
ASSEMBLYMAN BOB WIECKOWSKI, Freemont Democrat, arguing for his Assembly Bill 1401, on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk, which would allow non-citizen legal immigrants to serve on juries.