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THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2007

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1. BUDGET 19 DAYS OVERDUE.............................VO/SOT

2. HEAT REGULATIONS HEARING........................VO/SOT

3. INMATE TRANSFER HEARING...........................VO/SOT

1. BUDGET 19 DAYS LATE VO/SOT

LIVE: WITH THE STATE BUDGET 19 DAYS OVERDUE, THE SENATE HAS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED A VOTE TOMORROW AT SIX O'CLOCK. TOMORROW IS THE FINAL DAY BEFORE THE LEGISLATIVE MONTH LONG SUMMER RECESS, WHICH THEY MAY TAKE PROVIDED A BUDGET IS PASSED.

SUPER: TODAY/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

SUPER: YESTERDAY/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:25)

TODAY, THE REPUBLICAN LEADER MET WITH MEMBERS OF HIS LEADERSHIP TEAM IN HIS OFFICE AND SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE DON PERATA AND REPUBLICAN LEADER DICK ACKERMAN MET TODAY. ASSEMBLY SPEAKER FABIAN NUNEZ HAS HAD SEVERAL MEETINGS WITH HIS OWN BUDGET STAFF TODAY AS WELL. YESTERDAY, RATHER THAN VOTE ON A BUDGET REPUBLICANS REFUSED TO SUPPORT AS PREVIOUSLY PLANNED .. LEADERS MET SEVERAL TIMES AND WERE MORE VISIBLE AROUND THE CAPITOL AND EXPRESSING OPTIMISM AFTER WHAT THEY TERMED A BREAK THROUGH IN NEGOTIATIONS THE NIGHT BEFORE.

SUPER: DAN WALTERS/SACRAMENTO BEE COLUMNIST

SOT: (:41)

SAYS: "I THINK THEY'RE GETTING CLOSER. I SUSPECT THEY'RE GOING TO GET SOMETHING DONE BY THE WEEKEND. YOU KNOW IT'S THE SAME OLD DRILL. THEY CAN ALWAYS GET A BUDGET PASSED ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. THE QUESTION IS WHETHER IT'S A DECENT BUDGET OR NOT AND THE HISTORY IS THEY PASS WHAT THEY CALL GET OUT OF TOWN BUDGETS SO THEY CAN GET OUT OF TOWN, AND THEN THE PROBLEMS JUST ARE THE SAME THING THE NEXT YEAR AND THE YEAR AFTER THAT. THAT'S THE QUESTION THAT HANGS OVER THESE FOR THE LAST HALF DECADE ARE THEY ACTUALLY GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS CHRONIC DEFICIT?"

SUPER: SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DICK ACKERMAN/R-TUSTIN

SOT: (:18)

SAYS: "WE'RE LOOKING AT THE CURRENT YEAR DEFICIT WE'VE MADE SOME GOOD STRIDES TO BRING THAT DOWN, WE JUST WANT MORE RESPONSIBLE BUDGET. IF YOU DON'T REALLY TAKE A HARD LINE ON THIS YEAR'S BUDGET, NEXT YEAR'S WILL BE VERY, VERY BAD AND NEXT YEAR BEING AN ELECTION YEAR, PEOPLE ARE LESS APT TO MAKE SOME TOUGH DECISIONS SO I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SOME OF THESE DECISIONS THIS YEAR."

VO TAG: ACKERMAN SAYS SPECULATION THAT HE IS PUSHING FOR MORE CUTS THAN HIS ASSEMBLY COUNTERPART AND DELAYING A BUDGET AGREEMENT BECAUSE HE FEARS LOSING HIS LEADERSHIP POSITION IS UNFOUNDED.

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SUPER: DAN WALTERS/SACRAMENTO BEE COLUMNIST

SOT: (0:16)

SAYS: "SO WHAT DO THE VOTERS WANT? WHAT'S THE PUBLIC WANT? WELL, THE PUBLIC WANTS HIGH SERVICES AND LOW TAXES. HAH!. BUT, SO HOW DO YOU GET OUT OF THAT DILEMMA? AND SO THE REPUBLICANS SAY WELL, THE VOTERS SAY THEY DON'T WANT TO RAISE TAXES. SO WE'RE NOT GOING TO RAISE TAXES. THE DEMOCRATS SAY, WELL THE VOTERS SAY THEY DON'T WANT TO CUT SPENDING DSO WE'RE NOT GOING TO CUT SPENDING."

SOT: (1:04)

SAYS: "I THINK THE REASON ACKERMAN IS HOLDING OUT IS HE IS IN A PRECARIOUS SITUATION. HE'S BEEN ABOUT ONE VOTE AWAY FOR THE LAST YEAR, AND PEOPLE WHO WANT TO OUST HIM ARE EVEN MORE CONSERVATIVE THAN HE IS. THEY SEE HIM AS BEING TOO WILLING TO GO ALONG WITH THE GOVERNOR, TO WILLING TO COOPERATE WITH THE DEMOCRATS, SO THE HARD LINERS WOULD LIKE TO OUST HIM. THEY'RE ABOUT ONE VOTE AWAY FROM DOING IT. AND SO HE CAN'T SHOW SOFTNESS IN THIS WITHOUT, BECAUSE IF HE, IF HE WERE TO SHOW SOFTNESS, THEN HE WOULD PROBABLY BE OUSTED, AND THEN YOU'D GET A REAL HARD LINER IN THERE AND THE THING WOULD LOCK UP EVEN THAT MUCH MORE. SO IN EFFECT, THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE, THE DEMOCRATS PARTICULARLY HAVE TO, IF THEY WANT TO KEEP ACKERMAN THERE, AND NOT HAVE TO DEAL WITH A REAL HARD LINER, THEN THEY HAVE TO CATER TO HIM IN SOME WAY, AND NOT ISOLATE HIM, AND NOT LEAVE HIM OUT THERE ON THE, ON THE END OF THE LIMB AND SAW IT OFF BEHIND HIM."

SUPER: SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DICK ACKERMAN/R-TUSTIN

SOT: (:13)

SAYS: "WHY SCHEDULE SESSION FOR A DRILL OR DO YOU EXPECT THAT THERE WILL BE SOMETHING THERE BY SIX TOMORROW? I'M A VERY OPTIMISTIC PERSON THAT'S WHY WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO TALK TODAY, I'M TALKING TO MY BUDGET FOLKS HOPEFULLY WE CAN PUT SOMETHING TOGETHER."

SOT: (:21)

SAYS: "EVERYBODY HAS DIFFERENT STANDARDS AND A DIFFERENT CAUCUS, EVEN AMONG DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, EVERYBODY'S GOT A DIFFERENT VIEW OF WHAT THEY WANT IN A BUDGET IF YOU INTERVIEWED EACH OF THE 120 LEGISLATORS, EACH WOULD HAVE THEIR OWN VIEW OF WHAT THEY WANT IN THE BUDGET, SO THAT'S JUST PART OF THE PROCESS. DOES IT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO RUMBLINGS WITH LEADERSHIP AND YOUR POSITION BEING SOMEWHAT TENUOUS? NO."

REGARDING DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND SEX OFFENDER LAWS PER STATION REQUEST.

SUPER: ASSEMBLYMAN BILL MAZE/R-VISALIA

SOT: (:12)

SAYS: "THE DEPARTMENTS KNOW IN FACT, THEY CAN'T USE EXCUSES AND IF IT'S GOING TO TAKE A STATEMENT FROM THE LEGISLATURE OR GOVERNOR WE WANT THESE PEOPLE TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS."

SOT: (:22)

SAYS: "NOW WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT ... REFORM THESE KINDS OF ACTIONS."

2. HEAT REGULATIONS HEARING VO/SOT

LIVE:

THE SENATE GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN CONDUCTED HIS SECOND HEARING ON STATE HEAT WAVE RESPONSE IN AS MANY WEEKS. TODAY'S WAS TO FOCUS ON WHETHER HEAT REGULATIONS SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR LAST YEAR FOR OUTDOOR WORKERS WERE BEING ADHERED FOLLOWED BY EMPLOYERS DURING HEAT WAVE CONDITIONS.

SUPER: TODAY/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:20) FLOREZ SAYS LAST WEEK'S HEARINGS ON OVERALL STATE RESPONSE DID NOT PRODUCE ADEQUATE ANSWERS FROM STATE PUBLIC HEALTH REGARDING ACCURATE HEAT RELATED DEATH COUNTS AND WHETHER DEATHS OCCURRED IN AREAS WHERE THE STATE COULD BETTER CONCENTRATE RESOURCES. TODAY'S HEARING PARTICULARLY DEALT WITH WORK PLACE COMPLIANCE WITH HEAT REGULATIONS REQUIRING ADEQUATE SHADE, WATER AND REST BREAKS DURING 105 DEGREE OR HIGHER TEMPERATURES.

SUPER: SENATOR DEAN FLOREZ/D-SHAFTER

SOT: (:34)

SAYS: "THE REST PERIOD ISN'T SOMETHING THE WORKERS KNOW ABOUT AND PARTICULARLY IN MY AREA, AND THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA ARE HERE TODAY TO TELL US THEY WANT REST PERIODS, THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE REST PERIODS ARE PART OF THE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS AND WE KNOW THAT SHADE AND WATER WE SHOULD HAVE HAD A LONG TIME AGO, BUT NOW FINALLY WE DO BUT REST PERIODS ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT, THAT'S WHAT WAS NEGOTIATED AND DOESN'T SEEM TO BE HAPPENING OUT THERE IN THE FIELD."

SUPER: LEN WELSH/DIVISION OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH/DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

SOT: (:26)

SAYS: "I THINK WE'RE IN A PHASE NOW, WHERE A LOT OF THEM DO, YOU'RE NEVER GOING TO FIND 100 PERCENT COMPLIANCE, I DON'T CARE HOW GREAT THE PROGRAM IS, I THINK WE'RE IN A PHASE OF INCREASING COMPLIANCE I THINK WE'RE GOING TO GO UPWARD."

VO TAG: WORKER TESTIMONY TODAY INDICATED THAT SHADE AND FRESH WATER WERE NOT NECESSARILY PROVIDED TO ALL FARM AND CONSTRUCTION LABORERS. FLOREZ SAID AFTER THE HEARING THAT HE WANTS TO WORK WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE AND HIS STAFF TO DETERMINE WHETHER COUNTY OR CITY INVESTIGATORS CAN LOOK INTO COMPLAINTS AT INDIVIDUAL JOB SITES, GIVEN THE STATE'S LACK OF ENOUGH INVESTIGATORS FROM CALIFORNIA OFFICE OF SAFETY AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH TO DO SO.

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SUPER: SENATOR DEAN FLOREZ/D-SHAFTER

SOT: (:33)

SAYS: "WE JUST FUNDED 80 PEOPLE TO FIND PEOPLE'S PROPERTY IN THE CONTROLLER'S OFFICE AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IN TERMS OF FINDING PEOPLE'S PROPERTY WHICH IS IMPORTANT THAT 80 POSITIONS COULD HAVE BEEN 40 SO THE BUDGET'S STILL NOT THEN TO SEE IF WE CAN REARRANGE THAT IN A BETTER WAY."

REGARDING FLEX FUEL VEHICLE LETTER TO GOVERNOR, FOLLOW UP FROM YESTERDAY'S HEARING.

SOT: (:36)

SAYS: "SOMEHOW GM WAS ABLE TO SELL TO CALIFORNIA A 13 MILLION DOLLAR ALLOCATION, WAS IT A PUBLIC POLICY DECISION, POLITICAL DECISION THAT GOT US TO CHANGE OUR POLICIES AND I'M HOPEFUL THE GOVERNOR CAN HELP CLEAR THOSE UP."

SUPER: MANUEL NUNEZ/GRAPE HARVESTER/ALPAUGH (TULARE COUNTY)

SOT: (:14)

SAYS: "POR EJEMPLO ... YOU ASK THE FOREMAN WHY THEY DON'T HAVE THE SHELTER AND THEY SAY YOU'VE NEEDED IT BEFORE, SO WHY NOW?"

SUPER: LEN WELSH/DIVISION OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH/DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

SOT: (:20)

SAYS: "WE DON'T DECIDE, THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S DECIDE WHETHER THEY WANT TO PROSECUTE THESE CASES, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THUS FAR HASN'T BEEN INVOLVED IN THESE CASES, THERE ARE DISCUSSIONS WE'VE HAD TO GET COORDINATED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL."

3. INMATE TRANSFER HEARING VO/SOT

LIVE:

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSEMBLY'S PRISON OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE SAYS HE'S CONCERNED PRISON OFFICIALS COULD BOTCH THE TRANSFER OF INMATES TO OUT-OF STATE FACILITIES, LEADING TO A FEDERAL TAKEOVER OF THE STATE PRISON SYSTEM. THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON PRISON CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATIONS DISCUSSEDOUT-OF-STATE PRISON INMATE TRANSFERS THIS AFTERNOON AT AN INFORMATIONAL HEARING.

SUPER: TODAY/ STATE CAPITOL

VO: (:25)

COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN TODD SPITZER SAYS THE PLANS TO TRANSFER EIGHT THOUSAND INMATES TO PRISONS IN OTHER STATES IS THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT STEP TO IMPLEMENTING THE BILL PASSED LAST APRIL TO REDUCE PRISON OVERCROWDING, AND INCREASE INMATE REHABILITATION. THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION HAS CONTRACTED WITH A PRIVATE COMPANY, THE CORRECTIONS CORPORATION OF AMERICA, TO HOUSE THE INMATES FOR AS LONG AS FOUR YEARS WHILE NEW PRISON SPACE IS BUILT IN CALIFORNIA. SPITZER SAYS AT ITS LAST HEARING, THE COMMITTEE DETERMINED THE CORPORATION WAS THE ONLY COMPANY QUALIFIED TO TRANSFER AND HOUSE CALIFORNIA'S EXCESS INMATE POPULATION, AND HE WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT COMPANY AND THE C-D-C-R DON'T MAKE MISTAKES.

SUPER: ASSEMBLYMAN TODD SPITZER/R-ORANGE

SOT: (0:30)

SAYS: "CLEARLY THE CORRECTIONS CORPORATION OF AMERICA HAD SOME ISSUES IN THE PAST. THERE HAVE BEEN ALLEGATIONS OF MISMANAGEMENT WITHIN PRIVATE PRISONS, THERE'S BEEN ALLEGATIONS OVER THE YEARS THAT GUARDS HAVE ABANDONED THEIR POSTS, THAT THEY'VE HAD PROBLEMS WITH INMATE SAFETY IN HAWAII WITH RESPECT TO GANGS, AND SO I THINK THAT, GIVEN THE FACT THAT THEY ARE GOING TO HOUSE SO MANY OF CALIFORNIA INMATES, IT'S THEIR RESPONSIBILITY, IT'S THEIR BURGER, AND THAT'S WHAT THEY GA HAVE TO DO TODAY, IS COME AND EXPLAIN WHAT THE PROCESS IS, AND PROCEDURE, AND TELL US HOW THEY'RE DOING BETTER."

SUPER: JAMES TILTON/SECRETARY/CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION

SOT: (0:21)

SAYS: "I THINK IT'S CLEAR MOST OF THE BEDS WE'RE LOOKING AT ARE CONTRACTED WITH PRIVATES, BUT WE'RE COORDINATING WITH THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS OF CORRECTIONS IN THOSE STATES, SO THIS IS A MATTER OF VERY THOUGHTFUL, WE'RE MAKING SURE THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES THAT WE EXPECT ARE FOLLOWED, WE PUT MY STAFF ARE ACTUALLY IN THOSE FACILITIES TO MONITOR, AND SO I'M CONFIDENT WE'LL WORK THROUGH IT."

VO TAG:

SPITZER SAYS IF SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS OCCUR WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PRISON OVERHAUL BILL, IT INCREASES THE LIKELIHOOD A FEDERAL JUDGE WILL ASSUME CONTROL OF THE STATE'S ENTIRE PRISON SYSTEM.

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SUPER: ASSEMBLYMAN TODD SPITZER/R-ORANGE

SOT: (0:23)

SAYS: "WE ALREADY HAVE A FEDERAL RECEIVER OVERSEEING HEALTH CARE. IT'S MY FEAR THAT WE COULD HAVE A FEDERAL RECEIVER AND A FEDERAL INTERVENTION OVER OUR DAY TO DAY OPERATION OF OUR INMATES AND OUR INMATE POPULATION. IF WE DON'T SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENT AB-900, I THINK WE WILL HAVE, BY OUR OWN ACCOUNTS, BASICALLY OPENED THE DOOR TO FEDERAL RUNNING OF OUR PRISONS FOR MANY, MANY YEARS TO COME."

SUPER: JAMES TILTON/SECREATRY/CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION

THE FOLLOWING TWO SOUNDBITES ARE TILTON'S RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS REGARDING DELAYS IN IMPLEMENTING JESSICA'S LAW, LAST YEAR'S VOTER APPROVED INITIATIVEWHICH LIMITS WHERE PAROLED SEX OFFENDERS CAN LIVE:

SOT: (0:37)

SAYS: "IN FEBRUARY WE GOT CLARIFICATION FROM THE COURTS IN TERMS OF HOW TO APPLY THAT. OUR NEXT STEP WAS TO ESTABLISH DUE PROCESS NECESSARY TO IN FACT IMPLEMENT THE LAW. SO WE HAVE PROCESSED EMERGENCY REGULATION, THOSE REGULATIONS WERE APPROVED ON JUNE 28TH , AND NOW THE ISSUE FOR US IS TO MOVE FORWARD AND FULLY IMPLEMENT JESSICA'S LAW/. WE THINK THERE COULD BE AS MANY AS 21-HUNDRED INDIVIDUALS WHO COULD BE OUT OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE HOUSING RESTRICTION, AND WE'LL GO THROUGH A PROCESS HERE PROVIDING 45 DAY TIME FRAME FOR THEM TO GET IN COMPLIANCE, AND THEN IF THEY DON'T THEN WE'LL BE REFERRING THOSE TO THE PAROLE HEARING BOARD, FOR CONSIDERATION FOR PAROLE VIOLATION."

SOT: (0:23)

SAYS: "ALL OFFENDERS WERE NOTIFIED WHEN THEY LEFT, NOW THE ISSUE HERE IS KNOWING WHETHER OR NOT YOU'RE HOUSE ACTUALLY COMPLIES. MAYBE THE SITUATION, I DON'T THINK THEY ALL HAD G-P-S- INSTRUMENTS, BUT THEY ALL KNOW THE LAW, WE'VE COMMUNICATED THAT BEFORE THEY GET OUT, ALL THESE INDIVIDUALS HAVE, WE'VE COMMUNICATED WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND POLICE, SO WE KNOW WHERE THEY ARE, THEY'VE RECORDED UNDER MEGAN'S LAW, SO IT'S NOT A MATTER OF KNOWING WHERE THEY ARE, THEY KNOW WHERE THEY ARE NOW, SO IT'S A MATTER IF VALIDATING THEIR HOUSING."

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