California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon have delayed a planned Thursday vote on cap and trade until Monday, the pair announced.
“Due to the late hour in which the cap-and-trade package becomes eligible for a vote tomorrow evening, we have decided to schedule the vote instead for Monday,” they said in a joint statement. “Taking up AB 398 and the companion air-quality measure AB 617 next week will also allow our discussion on long-term housing affordability solutions in California to catch up to the climate effort.”
In an email to chiefs of staff, De León’s office said session is still planned for 9 a.m. Thursday. A Senate environmental committee will meet upon adjournment at about 10:30 a.m. and appropriations committee will hear the bills Monday morning at 10 a.m.
Gov. Jerry Brown, who is working with de León and Rendon on the package, said in an interview with The Bee on Tuesday that he isn’t sure whether the bill has enough votes to meet a two-thirds threshold.