The Legislature cleared its biggest budget hurdle Wednesday when lawmakers passed a $122.5 billion spending package. Didn’t get enough budget? You’re in luck. Today will feature more of the policy nitty-gritty to carry out the package.
Among the budget trailer bills expected to be taken up by both houses are a pair of measures that require two-thirds supermajority votes to pass.
A proposal to extend the quality assurance fee on hospitals, which would be made permanent by a measure on the November ballot, should pass both houses without much controversy.
The “No Place Like Home” proposal might have a tougher time. The plan borrows against revenue from the Proposition 63 mental health services tax on millionaires to finance a $2 billion bond to build housing for homeless people with mental illness. Former Senate leader Darrell Steinberg, an advocate for the measure and sponsor of Proposition 63, was busy lobbying for Republican votes Wednesday.
JUNETEENTH: Think the Legislative process is slow? More than two years after Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves, Texas finally got the memo. Union soldiers delivered the news on June 19, 1865, a day that became known as Juneteenth (June 19th). The California State Library and Sacramento Juneteenth Inc. are hosting an annual Juneteenth party tonight to celebrate African American freedom and culture. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. at the California State Library Fragrance Garden and First Floor Rotunda in the Library Annex Building at 900 N Street.
MOTHER OF GAY COMEDY: If you didn’t get enough of Tom Ammiano during his six-year stint in the Assembly, head over to San Francisco tonight to watch the former politician perform stand up at the “Obligatory June Gay Comedy Show” in the Mission District. A listing for the event says Ammiano is nicknamed the “Mother of Gay Comedy” because he pioneered gay comedy night at the Valencia Rose, a performance venue, in San Francisco in 1980. The show starts at 8 p.m. at El Rio bar on Mission Street.