Halfway through the annual legislative process, scarcely a third of the bills given the job killer epithet by the California Chamber of Commerce are still alive.
The year began with 27 measures on the list, but a number didnt make it out of committee. Several others died when they faced floor votes.
Last weeks casualties included measures to impose a moratorium on fracking to develop Californias oil reserves (Senate Bill 1132), to require disclosure labels on foods containing genetically modified ingredients (SB 1381) and to raise taxes on corporations deemed to pay executives too much (SB 1372).
However, several others on the list survived, including one requiring employers to grant paid sick leave to workers (Assembly Bill 1522), expanding liability for contractors wage and hour violations (AB 1897), and allowing employees to file liens for unpaid wages (AB 2416).
One major tax bill on the list, making it easier to raise property taxes on commercial property when it changes hands (AB 2372), was modified enough to gain the Chamber of Commerces support and passed the Assembly.
Friends of the late state Sen. John Vasconcellos have organized a public memorial service for 9 a.m. June 21 at Mission Church at Santa Clara University. In addition, there will be a Capitol memorial in the Senate chambers at 3 p.m. June 11. Other events are in the works, said Ken Patterson, Vasconcellos former chief of staff. They include a private service in Maui, where Vasconcellos lived much of the year. Vasconcellos died May 24 after leaving a San Jose hospital for hospice care. He was 82.
We need to be circumspect and measured in our haste to move forward and spend money that may not materialize.
Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, warning against spending the budget surplus.