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Wednesday, July 11 th, 2007
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1. Spay-Neuter Bill in Committee VO/SOT
The Senate Local Government Committee will consider AB 1634, the mandatory Spay Neuter bill. The bill narrowly passed the Assembly, and this is its first hearing in the Senate, where members of the committee have expressed concerns about the legislation. Efforting soundbites and video.
2. Health Care Bill VO/SOT
The Senate Health Committee will consider AB8, the comprehensive Health Care bill written by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and Senate President Pro-Tempore Don Perata. The Republican leadership opposes the bill, saying it would cause the single largest tax increase in California history. Efforting soundbites and video.
3. No State Employee Pay VO/SOT
Legislative employees are signing up for loans, in expectation the state budget will not be negotiated by the time their next paycheck is due. The budget is 11 days overdue today. Efforting soundbites and video.
4. California Condors/Bullets VO/SOT
In anticipation of a Fish and Game hearing to consider banning lead bullets in areas where the California Condor is present, members of the Audubon Society and scientists will discuss links between lead poisoning in the birds and lead ammunition. Efforting soundbites and video.
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Iraq Bill -- Senate President Pro Tempore Don Perata's (D-Oakland) bill to put a non binding measure on the February 2008 ballot calling for withdrawal from Iraq will be placed in the Appropriations Committee suspense file for a vote at a later date.
First Hantavirus Case The State Public Health Department reports the first case of hantavirus in a Mono County man. He became sick in late June and has now recovered. Public health officers urge caution with people entering cabins and tents to prevent exposure to rodent droppings and urine which spread the hantavirus.
AOL settlement --California Attorney General Jerry Brown today announced a $3 million settlement with America Online (AOL), one of the nation's largest Internet service providers. The settlement, entered into by California, the District of Columbia and 47 other states, resolves complaints that AOL failed to disclose terms and conditions of paid service and made it extremely difficult for consumers to cancel their AOL pay services. Under today's agreement AOL will make a number of improvements including: easier cancellation procedures, improved billing disclosures and commitment to refunding unauthorized charges.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research this morning, for the release of a new report on uninsured state residents.
Members of the Senate and Assembly will check in as required to collect per diem which will be paid to them retroactively once the budget is passed.
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