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1. NEUTER/SPAY BILL............................................VO/SOT

2. HEALTHCARE BILL.............................................VO/SOT

3. NO LEGISLATIVE EMPLOYEE PAY....................VO/SOT

4. CALIFORNIA CONDORS/BULLETS....................VO/SOT

5. FLOREZ ON FRESNO STATE..........................REQUEST

1. SPAY-NEUTER BILL IN COMMITTEE VO/SOT

LIVE:

A STATE LAWMAKER HAS AGREED TO REMOVE THE MANDATORY ASPECTS OF HIS BILL REQUIRING SPAYING AND NEUTERING OF MOST DOGS AND CATS TO PREVENT THE LEGISLATION'S DEATH. THE SENATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE WILL RE-CONSIDER AB 1634 NEXT JANUARY, AFTER ITS MEMBERS CONSIDER THE AMENDMENT INTRODUCED TODAY.

SUPER: TODAY/ STATE CAPITOL

VO: (:30)

THE BILL TO MANDATE THE SPAY OR NEUTERING OF MOST DOGS AND CATS IN CALIFORNIA IS WRITTEN BY ASSEMBLYMAN LLOYD LEVINE. IT NARROWLY PASSED THE ASSEMBLY IN JUNE. ITS FIRST HEARING IN THE SENATE WAS THIS MORNING. SUPPORTERS AND OPPONENTS WERE EACH GIVEN 20 MINUTES TO PRESENT THEIR ARGUMENTS. SENATOR CHRISTINE KEHOE SUGGESTED AMENDING THE BILL TO REMOVE THE MANDATORY SPAY-NEUTER PROVISION. BEFORE THE HEARING STARTED, LEVINE ANNOUNCED HE WOULD WITHDRAW THE BILL RATHER THAN SEE IT VOTED DOWN IN COMMITTEE, BUT READILY AGREED TO CONSIDER CHANGES REMOVING THE MANDATORY PROVISIONS. THE AMENDMENT WILL INSTEAD ALLOW ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICIALS TO FINE OWNERS OF UNALTERED ANIMALS ONLY IF THE PETS ARE PICKED UP LOOSE, OR WHEN THEY ARE CITED FOR OTHER ANIMAL CONTROL VIOLATIONS.

SUPER: ASSEMBLYMAN LLOYD LEVINE/D-VAN NUYS

SOT: (0:33)

SAYS: "I WAS PLANNING ON WITHDRAWING THE BILL THIS MORNING, WE MADE THE DECISION LATE YESTERDAY, AND DECIDED TO CONTINUE WORKING ON IT. I HAD TALKED ABOUT THAT AMENDMENT PRIVATELY WITH THE SENATORS IN THEIR OFFICES OVER THE LAST COUPLE DAYS. NONE OF THEM MENTIONED TO ME SUGGESTING IT TODAY IN COMMITTEE, WHICH IS WHY I DIDN'T. SENATOR KEHOE SURPRISED ME WHEN SHE SUGGESTED IT, AND I THOUGHT IF IT KEPT THE BILL MOVING FORWARD, I WOULD BE HAPPY TO ACCEPT IT TODAY. CLEARLY THE COMMITTEE WANTS TIME TO LOOK AT THE AMENDMENT AND WORK ON IT, AND I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT. WE HAVE NOT ACCEPTED ANY AMENDMENTS NOW, WE'RE GOING TO WORK ON CRAFTING AMENDMENTS IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMITTEE"

SUPER: BILL HEMBY / CHAIRMAN-PETPAC

SOT: (0:35)

SAYS: "AND HE MENTIONED IN THAT COMMITTEE THAT HE WANTED TO TAKE OUT THE MANDATORY PART OF THIS. BUT YOU KNOW, FROM WHAT A MEMBER SAYS, AND WHAT COMES IN PRINT, THERE'S A LOT OF INTERPRETATION, SO WE'RE HOLDING OUR, OUR CONCERN ON THIS, WE WANTED THIS BILL KILLED, UH, THIS BILL WILL NOT WORK. A MANDATORY SPAY AND NEUTER HISTORICALLY HAS BEEN SHOWN NOT TO WORK ANYWHERE IT'S BEEN TRIED. SO WE'RE A LITTLE BIT APPREHENSIVE ABOUT WHAT, WHAT THE ACTUAL WRITTEN KNOWLEDGE, OR WHAT THE WRITTEN BILL WILL BE, SO THAT WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO HIM ABOUT IT,"

VO TAG:

THE CHAIRMAN OF A LOBBYING GROUP FOR PET OWNERS AND BREEDERS SAYS OTHER PARTS OF THE BILL MUST ALSO BE CHANGED, OR ITS PASSAGE WILL HARM THOSE WHO BREED, TRAIN, AND USE HUNTING, SECURITY AND OTHER SERVICE DOGS. FOLLOWING THE COMMITTEE HEARING, THE GROUP RALLIED OUTSIDE THE CAPITOL, VOWING TO CONTINUE THEIR OPPOSITION.

EXTRA BITES:

SUPER: ASSEMBLYMAN LLOYD LEVINE/D-VAN NUYS

SOT: (0:19)

SAYS: "THIS AMENDMENT, THAT I PROPOSED TODAY, THAT WAS, YOU KNOW, DISCUSSED WITH SENATOR KEHOE IN HER OFFICE AND THE OTHER SENATORS, WOULD HAVE, WILL, AS WE MOVE FORWARD, REMOVE THE MANDATE ON THE QUOTE, UNQUOTE RESPONSIBLE OWNERS, AND SAY THAT IS YOU ARE AN IRRESPONSIBLE OWNER, AS DEMONSTRATED BY MEETING CERTAIN CRITERIA, THEN YOU'RE SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL."

SUPER: BILL HEMBY/CHAIRMAN/PETPAC

SOT: (0:29)

SAYS: "THESE ARE DRACONIAN AMENDMENTS, THEY'RE WRITTEN BY NON, UH, PEOPLE WHO DON'T UNDERSTAND THE DOG AND CAT COMMUNITY, THIS BILL STILL DOESN'T ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF FERAL CATS, THE AMENDMENTS WERE LOOKED AT IN DETAIL BY LAW ENFORCEMENT ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, AND THEY STILL REMAIN OPPOSED TO IT, BECAUSE, BECAUSE OF THE SELECTION POOL OF DOGS WOULD BE DECIMATED, SO THERE'S A LOT BETWEEN WHAT MR. LEVINE SAYS IN COMMITTEE, AND WHAT THE ACTUAL WORDING OF WHAT HIS AMENDMENTS WILL BE."

ON THE POTENTIAL ADOPTION OF THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT

SUPER: SENATOR GLORIA NEGRETE-MCCLEOD/D-CHINO

SOT: (0:25)

SAYS: "I HOPE SO. THERE'S PROBABLY GOING TO BE SOME PEOPLE THAT ARE NEVER GOING TO BE SATISFIED WITH ANY OF IT, SO, LET'S JUST HOPE THAT WE CAN GET, WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE'S A BIG PROBLEM, YOU KNOW, EUTHANASIA IS NOT THE THING THAT SHOULD BE DONE, AND BUT I'M A RESPONSIBLE PER OWNER, I DON'T HAVE A DOG NOW, BUT I HAVE BEEN ALL MY LIFE. SO HOPEFULLY OTHER PEOPLE WILL BE AS RESPONSIBLE WITH THEIR ANIMALS."

2. HEALTHCARE BILL VO/SOT

LIVE: THE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL BY THE LEADERS IN THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY IS BEING CONSIDERED THIS AFTERNOON AT THE STATE CAPITOL. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME BILL THAT MERGED DON PERATA'S AND FABIAN NUNEZ'S LEGISLATION THAT PASSED EACH RESPECTIVE HOUSE HAS HAD A COMMITTEE HEARING.

SUPER: TODAY/ STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:25) CROWDS OF ADVOCATES FOR EXPANDED AND MORE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FILLED THE HALLWAY OUTSIDE THE STATE CAPITOL HEARING ROOM. THIS MORNING, SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS JOINED THE REPUBLICAN LEADERS IN THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY TO SAY A STUDY BY THE NATIONAL FOUNDATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES INDICATED MORE THAN A QUARTER OF A MILLION JOBS WOULD BE LOST IF THE MEASURE PASSES AND IS SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR.

SUPER: ASSEMBLY REPUBLICAN LEADER MIKE VILILNES/R-CLOVIS

SOT: (:28)

SAYS: "YOU CAN'T PASS THE LARGEST TAX INCREASE IN STATE HISTORY, PUT A BURDEN OF 7.5 PERCENT WHICH WE KNOW WILL BE 10, 12 AND 15, ON THE BACK OF SMALL BUSINESSES AND ASK THEM TO KEEP OPERATING, YOU HEARD TODAY FROM FOUR BUSINESS OWNERS, THEY DON'T EVEN MAKE TWO PERCENT INTEREST, I MEAN PROFIT, OR THREE PERCENT, BUT THEY'RE BEING ASKED TO DO MORE IN HEALTHCARE. SMALL BUSINESSES WHO EMPLOY 90 PERCENT OF OUR STATE.

SUPER: SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE DON PERATA/D-OAKLAND

SOT: (0:31)

SAYS: "I'M PERSONALLY VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE EFFECT ON SMALL BUSINESSES. WE HAVEN'T CLOSED THE DOOR YET, WE'RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE CAN MANAGE THAT AND MAKE IT PALA-YOU KNOW, POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO DO IT, WHETHER IT'S WITH SOME KIND OF A CREDIT, WE'RE NOT QUITE SURE. BUT UH, IT IS A CONCERN, BECAUSE YOU KNOW, SAFEWAY IS A BIG EMPLOYER, BUT IF YOU PUT ALL THE SMALL BUSINESSES TOGETHER IN THE STATE, IT DWARFS ANY MAJOR EMPLOYER. SO WE HAVE TO LOOK VERY CAREFULLY AT THAT ISSUE. WE'RE SENSITIVE TO IT AND WE'RE GOING TO."

VO TAG:

LAWMAKERS EXPECT THEIR FOCUS AND THE GOVERNOR'S TO BE ON THE OVERDUE STATE BUDGET UNTIL THE LEGISLATIVE RECESS WHICH IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN JULY 20TH IF THE BUDGET IS PASSED BY THEN. THEY PLAN TO FOCUS ON HEALTH CARE WHEN LAWMAKERS RETURN TO THE STATE CAPITOL IN AUGUST.

EDITOR'S NOTE:

AS OF SCRIPT DEADLINE, THE BILL (AB-8) HAD NOT BEEN HEARD AND VOTED ON IN SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE YET.

EXTRA BITES:

SUPER: LORRAINE SALAZAR/FRESNO RESTAURANT OWNER

SOT: (:32)

SAYS: "PROVIDING HEALTH INSURANCE IS NOT ABOUT BEING A GOOD BUSINESS PERSON, A GOOD EMPLOYER OR BEING A BAD EMPLOYER. IT'S REALLY ABOUT THE AFFORDABILITY OF THE COSTS. I THINK WHAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND IS THE AVERAGE INDEPENDENT RESTAURANT OWNER ONLY EARNS ABOUT FIVE CENTS ON THE DOLLAR BEFORE TAXES AND YOU'RE LUCKY IF YOU HAVE MAYBE THREE PENNIES ON THE DOLLAR AFTER TAXES. AND SO A COSTLY EMPLOYER MANDATE IS GOING TO MEAN SOME SACRIFICES FOR THE BUSINESSES WHO CAN AFFORD TO PAY THE LEAST."

SOT: (:30)

SAYS: "IN ADDITION TO THE MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE WE HAVE COMING IN JANUARY, YOU'RE GOING TO TACK ON ANOTHER HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS TO MY BOTTOM LINE. I WILL HAVE NO BOTTOM LINE. HOW AM I GOING TO RECOUP THESE DOLLARS, I COULD RAISE MY PRICES, RAISE THEM TEN PERCENT, MAYBE, I MAY HAVE ANOTHER 10 PERCENT OF GROWTH IN THE BUSINESS. I WILL HAVE TO CLOSE A LOCATION, I WILL HAVE TO TELL 35 TO 40 EMPLOYEES THAT I CANNOT AFFORD TO EMPLOY THEM ANYMORE BECAUSE OF SOME WELL INTENTIONED LEGISLATION."

SUPER: JAMES DURAN/CALIFORNIA HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE/SAN JOSE HUMAN RESOURCE BUSINESS OWNER

SOT: (:10)

SAYS: "NO PODEMOS EMPLEAR PERSONAS .. NO ES POSIBLE."

SUPER: ASSEMBLY SPEAKER FABIAN NUNEZ/D-LOS ANGELES

SOT: (:15)

SAYS: "IT'S GOING TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR THOSE WHO ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE FACT THAT WE DON'T HAVE A LAW THAT SAYS YOU MUST PARTICIPATE IN THE COST OF THE HEALTHCARE OF THEIR EMPLOYEES. SO IT'LL LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD AND IT'LL MAKE THE ENVIRONMENT MUCH MORE COMPETITIVE AS WELL."

SOT: (:23)

SAYS: "LA VERDAD ES QUE ... MUY IMPORTANTE."

3. NO STATE EMPLOYEE PAY VO/SOT

LIVE:

WITH THE STATE BUDGET NEARLY TWO WEEKS OVERDUE, SOME STATE EMPLOYEES ARE SIGNING UP FOR PAY CHECK LOANS, IN EXPECTATION THE STATE BUDGET WILL NOT BE NEGOTIATED BEFORE THE JULY 13TH PAYDAY. THE BUDGET WAS DUE JULY 1ST , THE START OF THE NEW FISCAL YEAR.

SUPER: TODAY/ STATE CAPITOL

VO: (:20)

LEGISLATORS, CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS AND THEIR APPOINTED STAFF MEMBERS, TOTALING ABOUT 500 PEOPLE, DO NOT RECEIVE PAYCHECKS UNTIL A BUDGET IS ENACTED. WHILE THEY WILL BE PAID IN FULL ONCE A NEW BUDGET IS APPROVED, SOME OF THESE EMPLOYEES MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR SHORT TERM LOANS TO MAINTAIN THEIR CASH FLOW. NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE STAFF MEMBER PATRICIA HANSON WAS WAITING IN LINE AT THE CAPITOL THIS MORNING TO ARRANGE A LOAN WITH HER CREDIT UNION. SHE SAYS SHE WASN'T SURPRISED THE BUDGET IS LATE, AND DOESN'T CONSIDER TAKING THE LOAN TO BE A HARDSHIP.

SUPER: PATRICIA HANSON/CAPITOL STAFFER

SOT: (0:12)

SAYS: "NO, THIS IS SOMETHING WE'VE BEEN THROUGH BEFORE. THIS IS SOMETHING WE KNOW MIGHT HAPPEN. SO, WE'RE NOT, I DON'T THINK, I'M NOT SURPRISED PERSONALLY WHEN IT HAPPENS."

SUPER: SENATOR GLORIA NEGRETE-MCCLEOD/D-CHINO

SOT: (0:18)

SAYS: "WE DON'T GET OUR PAY EITHER. WE DON'T GET PAID. WE, WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE BUDGET'S DONE THEN WE GET PAID JUST LIKE STAFFERS DO.

REPORTER: "NO PER DIEM, NO NOTHING?"

SAYS: "THERE'S NOTHING THAT COMES IN. THAT'S WHY WE SAVE, SO THAT WE KNOW..."

(ASSEMBLY MEMBER LLOYD) LEVINE: "....DRAINING BANK ACCOUNTS."

SAYS: "YEAH, SO WE KNOW, I. I'VE BEEN SAVING, 'CUZ I KNEW THAT I HAVE TO WAIT NOW."

VO TAG:

THE EMPLOYEES ARE ALLOWED A ONE HOUR LEAVE TIME FROM THEIR JOBS TO ARRANGE THE LOANS. SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE DON PERATA SAYS THE FOUR LEGISLATIVE LEADERS WILL MEET TOMORROW FOR MORE BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS.

EDITOR'S NOTE:

EXTRA BITES FOR THIS ITEM INCLUDE COMMENTS TODAY FROM THE FOUR LEGISLATIVE LEADERS ON THE CURRENT STATE OF BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS.

EXTRA BITES:

SUPER: PATRICIA HANSON/CAPITOL STAFFER

SOT: (0:13)

REPORTER: "IS THIS KIND OF LIKE A HARDSHIP, SOMETHING THAT COMES WITH THE JOB? KING OF A TRADE OFF FOR THE..."

SAYS: "A LITTLE BIT OF BOTH. I WOULDN'T CALL IT A HARDSHIP BECAUSE GOLDEN ONE STEPS FORWARD, BUT, HELPS US OUT, BUT UM, IT COMES WITH THE JOB."

SUPER: ASSEMBLYMAN MIKE VILLINES/R-CLOVIS

SOT: (0:16)

SAYS: "I FRANKLY BELIEVE THAT ALL THE TALK ABOUT A BUDGET OVERHAUL NEXT YEAR IS RHETORIC, AND IS AN EMPTY PROMISE. I WORKED IN THE BUILDING FOR NINE YEARS, I'VE NOW BEEN ELECTED FOR THREE YEARS, IN TWELVE YEARS I WAS HERE I ALWAYS HEARD NEXT YEAR WE'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING, NEXT YEAR WE'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING, AND IT NEVER GETS DONE."

SUPER: SENATOR DICK ACKERMAN/R-TUSTIN

SOT: (0:24)

SAYS: "I GUESS IT'S BETTER TO HAVE A GOOD BUDGET THAN AN ON TIME BUDGET. AND WE'RE NOT, WE'RE NOT TO THE POINT WHERE WE HAVE A GOOD BUDGET RIGHT NOW. THE BUDGET STILL HAS, WE'RE STILL SPENDING A LOT MORE THAN WE'RE TAKING IN, WE LEARNED ON MONDAY THAT THE YEAR TO DATE INCOME FROM THE STATE'S DOWN ABOUT 800 MILLION BUCKS, WE THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE A COUPLE OF HUNDRED MILLION, SO OUR, YOU KNOW, WE THINK WE HAVE TO GET THE MOST RESPONSIBLE BUDGET WE CAN THIS YEAR, OR IT'S GOING TO BE MUCH, MUCH WORSE NEXT YEAR."

SUPER: SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE DON PERATA/D-OAKLAND

SOT: (0:25)

SAYS: "WELL, THE REPUBLICANS NOW HAVE ALL THE TRAILER BILL LANGUAGE FOR ALLOCATING BOND MONEY; THAT WAS THE LAST MAJOR ITEM THAT THEY NEEDED BEFORE THEY COULD DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THEY WERE GOING TO SUPPORT THE BILL, THE BUDGET BILL. THEY HAVE THAT NOW, AND I THINK THE FOUR OF US WILL GET TOGETHER TOMORROW, AND TALK ABOUT THAT, AND I THINK THAT'S THE LAST THING REMAINING TO DO. THEN THE REPUBLICANS JUST HAVE TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANT TO VOTE FOR A BUDGET."

SUPER: ASSEMBLY SPEAKER FABIAN NUNEZ/D-LOS ANGELES

SOT: (0:22)

SAYS: "DEMOCRATS IN CALIFORNIA ARE UNITED BEHIND ONE BUDGET NOW THE BALL IS IN THE COURT AND ALL THEY'VE SAID IS THEY WANT TWO BILLION DOLLARS IN CUTS, SO THE BALL IS IN THEIR COURT AND THEY OWE IT TO THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA TO SAY TO THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA WHAT KINDS OF CUTS THEY WANT TO MAKE."

4. CALIFORNIA CONDORS/BULLETS VO/SOT

LIVE:

ENVIRONMENTALISTS AND SOME HUNTING ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORT A BAN ON LEAD BULLETS IN AREAS WHERE CALIFORNIA CONDORS LIVE. THE BIRD THAT WAS ONCE NEAR EXTINCTION HAS RECOVERED FROM 22 TO ABOUT 300 BIRDS SINCE THE 1980'S.

SUPER: TODAY/ CONSERVATION STRATEGY GROUP/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:18) 44 BIOLOGISTS, HUNTERS, ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATES AND LAND OWNERS IN THE LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST, SAN BENITO COUNTY AND BIG SUR AREA WHERE THE CONDORS LIVE SIGNED THE SCIENTIFIC AGREEMENT IN SACRAMENTO TODAY. THEY HOPE THAT WILL SWAY THE STATE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION TO ENACT A LEAD AMMUNITION BAN IN CONDOR HABITATS.

SUPER: GARY LANGHAM/DIRECTOR OF BIRD CONSERVATION/AUDUBON CALIFORNIA

SOT: (:31)

SAYS: "CURRENTLY THE DANGERS OF LEAD POISONING TO CONDORS REMAINS THE CRITICAL CONSERVATION ISSUE FOR THE RECOVERY OF CONDORS. WHAT WE'RE FINDING NOW IS THE USE OF LEAD AMMUNITION WITHIN THE CONDOR RANGE BY BIG GAME HUNTERS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST THREATS THE CONDOR IS CURRENTLY FACING. CONDORS COME DOWN AND FEED ON CARCASSES, REMAINS LEFT OUT IN THE FIELD BY THE HUNTING COMMUNITY AND THE RESULT IS THEY ARE INGESTING LEAD FRAGMENTS FROM THE CARCASSES."

SUPER: HENRY COLETTO/CALIFORNIA DEER ASSOCIATION

SOT: (:12)

SAYS: "AS FAR AS OVERALL LEAD OUT THERE AND MY PERSPECTIVE AS A SPORTSMAN, BEING IN THE FIELD FOR THE LAST 50 YEARS, I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM AT ALL SWITCHING OVER, IT'S NOT A BIG DEAL."

VO TAG: THE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETS IN MONO COUNTY ON FRIDAY TO TAKE PUBLIC TESTIMONY ON THE LEAD BULLET BAN. AN ASSEMBLY BILL WITH A SIMILAR BAN IS CURRENTLY MOVING THROUGH THE LEGISLATURE.

EXTRA BITES:

SUPER: GARY LANGHAM/DIRECTOR OF BIRD CONSERVATION/AUDUBON CALIFORNIA

SOT: (:22)

SAYS: "WITH ANY OF OUR FISH AND GAME POPULATIONS CURRENTLY, THERE ARE ENFORCEMENT ISSUES, I THINK WE COULD ASK THE SAME QUESTION THAT HOW DO WE KNOW THE TAKE LIMITS ARE BEING ENFORCED, CLEARLY THERE ARE CONCERNS WITH BUDGETS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME BUT THIS ONE REGULATION ISN'T GOING TO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT TO ENFORCE ALL ITS REGULATIONS."

5. FLOREZ ON FSU REQUEST

FEEDING SOUNDBITES WITH FLOREZ PER STATION REQUEST. COMPLETE SOT IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEB.

SUPER: SENATOR DEAN FLOREZ/D-SHAFTER

SOT: (1:16)

SAYS: "OBVIOUSLY THE HEARING WILL FOCUS IN ON THE ACT OF COSTING TAX PAYERS 6 MILLION DOLLARS, AND WHAT THE UNIVERSITY IS GOING TO DO TO REMEDY THE SITUATION, BUT FRANKLY WE WANT CHANCELLOR REED THERE, HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE SYSTEM, WE NEED TO KNOW IF THIS IS SYSTEMATIC THROUGH THE ENTIRE SYSTEM AND WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE RAMIFICATIONS ARE FOR PRESIDENT WELTY AT FRESNO STATE. THIS IS THE LARGEST VERDICT EVER APPLIED TO THE UNIVERSITY IN A TITLE 9 CASE, IN OUR WHOLE SYSTEM, SO WE WANT TO KNOW ULTIMATELY WHEN A COLLEGE PRESIDENT ROLLS THE DICE, GOES TO COURT AND IN ESSENCE GAMBLES WITH TAXPAYER DOLLARS ON AN OUTCOME THAT DOESN'T GO HIS WAY, OUR ISSUE IS SIMPLY IS THAT SOMEBODY HAS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE, TAX PAYERS, NO ONE WOULD BE ABLE TO LOSE SIX MILLION DOLLARS AND BE ABLE TO GO TO THEIR JOB AND SAY WE'RE GOING TO BACK TO COURT TO APPEAL SOMETHING A JURY UNANIMOUSLY SAID THERE WAS DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN IN THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT."

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