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Thursday, July 12, 2007
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1. STATE TAX BOARD GOES GREEN VO/SOT
The State Franchise Tax Board will host its first Green Fair, demonstrating how it is helping California's efforts to be more environmentally friendly, and offering tips on conservation efforts. The event will include 35 exhibits of alternative fuel cars, and information from the state's Air Resources Board, and Sacramento area utilities and environmental advocates. Efforting soundbites and video.
2. CHINESE IMPORTS/CONGRESS VO/SOT
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) is sending a letter to members of California's Congressional Delegation, outlining his concerns that only 1.3 percent of foreign imports are inspected and that 146 from China alone were refused last month for containing banned pesticides, salmonella, and preservatives containing cancer causing materials. Maldonado has asked the congress members to provide information on what the federal government is doing to protect California and United States citizens for tainted imports from China and other nations. The Senator says if the federal government refuses to take action the agricultural community in California will have no choice but to take matters into its own hands. Efforting soundbites and video.
3. HEAT WAVE DEATHS UNDERCOUNTED VO/SOT
Efforting soundbites from lawmakers regarding reports that show the state undercounted deaths in last summer's heat wave by as much as three times. Feeding file video from Tuesday's heat wave informational hearing and shots of people working in hot weather from last summer during the nearly two weeks of triple digit heat.
4. STILL NO BUDGET VO/SOT
The state budget is 12 days over due today, with no plans to vote on a spending plan in Assembly session this morning and the Senate changing from a floor session to check in, which means they simply have to tell a senate secretary or sergeant they are in the Capitol and will receive per diem for the week. Given that there is no state budget, that per diem which is normally paid weekly will be paid retroactively after the spending plan is signed. Efforting soundbites and video.
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in San Ramon to deliver remarks at the Bay Area Council in the morning, then will tour a Safeway Health and Wellness Center in Pleasanton. He will discuss health care reform at both locations.
The Assembly convenes at 9:30 A.M. The Senate checks in as required to collect per diem which will be paid retroactively when a budget is signed.
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