Deadlines set the rhythm of the legislative year, dividing the slow weeks of floor resolutions from the chaotic onslaughts. Today brings a big one: the last chance for fiscal bills to get to the floor.
The phrase “fiscal bills” is generally shorthand for “the important ones,” which makes the Appropriations Committee a key chokepoint. Today the fiscal gatekeepers in both houses announce which measures will escape the purgatory of the suspense file and advance to floor votes, with next Friday’s deadline to get bills out of their original houses promising the next melee.
We’ll be covering the rapid-fire, auctioneer-style reveals this morning. A quick perusal of the scores of bills currently on the suspense file includes measures touching every aspect of life in California. The Assembly will move on bills covering everything from taxes on tampons to gun control to the Delta tunnels to the Coastal Commission to boycotting Israel to the future of the Public Utilities Commission. The Senate’s slate encompasses statutes of limitations for sex offenses, more predictable work scheduling, police misconduct records, the cost of prescription drugs and weed taxes (to name a few).
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WEEKEND WITH BERNIE: Two weeks out, we’ve got ourselves a Democratic presidential dead heat. Continuing his efforts to rally the California faithful, Sen. Bernie Sanders will be at the Port of Los Angeles this morning for a labor-inflected rally showcasing support from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. He’ll be speaking at the Maritime Museum starting at 11 a.m.
TRUMPED: Also campaigning for California is Donald Trump, who told backers on Wednesday that he’d make a “big, big play” for the state. He’ll be in Fresno this morning for a 10 a.m. event at Selland Arena and then will head south for a 2 p.m. rally at the San Diego Convention Center. Inevitable anti-Trump protesters with the San Diego Democrats will be on hand to assail the presumptive Republican nominee.
THE FALLEN: Recent legislation expanded who is eligible to be honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Capitol park, and a Sunday ceremony will mark three additions who fall under that broader definition. They all died away from the field of battle: one from PTSD-driven suicide, one from exposure to Agent Orange, and one who lost limbs and then became a well-known Sacramento figure. The ceremony honoring their service will coincide with a daylong reading of the names of the slain starting on Sunday morning.