Let the games begin!
The Legislature returns from its summer recess today and, with a month remaining in the session, there are still a number of contentious issues to sort out.
Chief among them is the water bond. While most lawmakers feel the $11.1 billion proposal on the November ballot is doomed to fail, Democrats and Republicans haven’t been able to agree on a replacement. Voter information guides are already on display, however, so time is running out to pass a new version of the measure.
Concern over California’s cap-and-trade program has also been growing as the state prepares to bring transportation fuels under regulation next year. Facing potential price hikes at the pump, a group of lawmakers is pushing to delay the rule, over the objections of environmentalists and utilities that are already regulated.
Other controversial legislation to watch out for this month: a ban on single-use plastic bags, guaranteed paid sick leave for workers, a requirement for porn performers to wear condoms, and a school construction bond that everyone except Gov. Jerry Brown seems to want.