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Wednesday, August 2, 2007
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1. BUDGET FOLO VO/SOT
Republican Senator Abel Maldonado (Santa Maria) broke party ranks to vote for the state budget last night in the Senate, but the spending plan was one vote shy of the required two thirds majority for passage. The President Pro Tempore Don Perata (D-Oakland) told members to return to their districts until the Assembly returns August 20, but to remain on call. The governor has planned a news conference this morning to discuss the budget. Efforting soundbites and video.
2. WEST NILE EMERGENCY VO/SOT
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared an emergency for West Nile Virus in Kern, Colusa and San Joaquin Counties. There have been four deaths in California associated with the mosquito borne disease in these four counties before . Generally fatalities occur in August and September. This week Kern County has had ten new cases in humans with one each in Sacramento, Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Fresno. Vector control lobbyists earlier this week called the situation and epidemic. Efforting soundbites and video.
3. MEAL BREAK HEARING VO/SOT
The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement will conduct two forums to provide the public and newly appointed State Labor Commissioner about concerns regarding changes to meal and rest periods and how they have impacted workers and businesses. The regulations that require employees receive meal breaks before their sixth hour of work created some controversy between labor groups and businesses. Some businesses and employees contend they preferred to work thorough lunch hours to have the opportunity to leave work a half hour or hour early to pick up children from daycare or other reasons. Labor groups say employers were taking advantage of employees and not allowing their employees to rest or eat during their shifts. Efforting soundbites and video.
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The Governor is in Sacramento for a budget press conference at the State Capitol.
The Senate is on call of the Pro Tempore. The Assembly is in summer recess until August 20, 2007.
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