Rep. George Miller’s decision to retire from Congress had implications for Sacramento, removing a key player from the impending battle to succeed Senate Presdient Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg as leader of the upper house.
State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, a Concord Democrat who had been rounding up votes to succeed Steinberg, immediately announced he would seek Miller’s East Bay congressional seat this June. “Can’t do both,” DeSaulnier said Monday afternoon.
DeSaulnier and Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, had been the front-runners to replace Steinberg, who will leave office due to term limits this year.
DeSaulnier declined to say whether he would urge his supporters to back de León. “He came in and said, ‘I’d like your support,’ ” DeSaulnier said of de León. “I told him I’d like to talk to my supporters and see what they think.”
De León said the race remains an “ongoing process” and declined to make any predictions, saying just that he plans to talk further with DeSaulnier in hopes of gaining his backing.
“He’s a senator who I respect tremendously, and I’m looking forward to that conversation,” de León said.
– Laurel Rosenhall
In an effort to limit underage tobacco consumption, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, has introduced legislation that would prohibit Internet sales of cigarettes and electronic cigarettes. Young people looking to buy tobacco products can circumvent age requirements by going online, Dickinson said Monday. His bill targets the shipping process. Companies would be barred from sending cigarettes to individuals with California addresses, although shipments to retailers could continue.
– Jeremy B. White
“The author often gets the last word. But the chair gets the last-last word.”
Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro, Arcata Democrat, during a committee hearing on a bill that would prohibit Southern California air-quality regulators from curbing beach bonfires.