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Wednesday, August 8, 2007
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1. OBAMA IN SACRAMENTO VO/SOT
Democratic presidential hopeful Barak Obama is visiting Sacramento for a fundraiser. Outside the fundraiser a few blocks from the State Capitol, supporters plan to rally. Efforting soundbites and video.
2. PRISON LAWSUIT VO/SOT
A group called Taxpayers for Improving Public Safety will announce a lawsuit against the state for its passage of the prison reform plan that calls for the sale of 7.4 billion dollars worth of lease revenue bonds to expand prison capacity by 69 thousand. The group claims the governor's and legislature's plan to reform the state's prison system violates the state constitution because voter approval is required for such bonds. Efforting soundbites and video.
3. SENATE DEMOCRATS/ENVIRONMENT VO/SOT
Senate President Pro Tempore Don Perata will discuss what he terms Republican attempts to use the budget to weaken environmental laws. Republicans are pushing to prohibit the attorney general from suing cities and counties who don't factor greenhouse gas emissions into environmental impact reports until the Air Resources Board sets such standards through accompanying budget bills. The budget is 39 days late. Efforting soundbites and video.
4. DEMOCRATS VS. REPUBLICAN SENATOR VO/SOT
The California Democratic Party is calling for the recall of Senator Jeff Denham (R-Merced) because he has not voted for the state budget. Denham is one of 14 Republicans who voted against the state spending plan during the last floor vote a week ago. Republican Abel Maldonado (Santa Maria) was the only GOP Senator to support the plan. Democrats claim his lack of a vote on the budget violates promises to fix Highway 99 and support education. Efforting soundbites and video.
5. FUEL CELL SHORT COURSE VO/SOT
State energy and clean air officials will join the Fuel Cell Partnership, a Capital area business that supports development of fuel cell vehicles, to test fuel cell cars by driving them through a short course through West Sacramento. Efforting soundbites and video.
--FYI ONLY NO VIDEO
Cal Trans List Cal Trans was expected to release its list of the state's most critical bridges and overpasses from the list of 1650 generated by the federal government. That list has yet to be released. CTNS will effort the list, soundbites and video as well as explanations of what notations on the list means when the list and such an official becomes available.
Junior Statesmen The State Schools Superintendent will address the junior statesmen conference in Sacramento this morning and the Lieutenant Governor will do so this afternoon at or near the State Capitol.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger remains out of state with no planned public events.
The Senate is on call of the pro tempore and the Assembly is in recess until August 20, 2007.
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