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Wednesday, August 15, 2007
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1. U.S. SENATOR/CALIFORNIA HIGHWAYS VO/SOT
United States Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) will be briefed at the Capitol by the Senate President Pro Tempore, Assembly Transportation Committee chairman, Transportation Commission Chairman and Cal Trans Director on the condition of the state's highways and future needs. The Senator chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and plans to convene oversight hearings on national infrastructure priorities when she returns to Washington in September. Efforting soundbites and video.
2. U.S.SENATOR/FLOOD CONTROL VO/SOT
Senator Barbara Boxer will also visit Folsom Reservoir near Sacramento to discuss flood protection for California, particularly the Sacramento Region. Efforting soundbites and video.
3. IMPORTED TOYS CONCERNS VO/SOT
The recall of 18 million Mattel Toys due to lead paint and potential choking hazards, about half of those distributed in the United States has consumer groups calling for more inspections and regulation. Efforting soundbites and video.
4. STATE EMPLOYEE/BUDGET RALLY VO/SOT
Members of the state's largest public employees union will rally at the State Capitol and deliver petition signatures to the governor's and state legislative offices demanding members of the Senate and Assembly return to the Capitol and pass the budget which is now 46 days overdue. Senate Republicans say they will not support the budget approved in the Assembly because it is 700 million dollars out of balance and does not stop enough growth in state programs to prevent greater debt for next fiscal year's budget. The Assembly passed the budget in July and recessed. The Democratic Senate President Pro Tempore sent legislators home until the Assembly returns, unless Senate Republicans would provide one more vote required for passage. Senate Republicans say they will not until lawmakers trim the 700 million dollar deficit from the Assembly budget and amend budget enactment bills relating to the infrastructure bonds to prohibit the attorney general from suing cities and counties for not following greenhouse gas emission standards that have yet to be set. Efforting soundbites and video.
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Greenhouse Gas Reporting -- California Air Resources Board staff will conduct a workshop and take public comment regarding how businesses that emit greenhouse gases will report the amount of emissions to the state as part of California's legislation that seeks to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020.
Lottery Commission The State Lottery Commission is meeting in Sacramento to discuss purchase of additional property for a new district headquarters and regional storage facility.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is visiting a community care facility in Riverside which is going without state funding due to the budget impasse.
The Senate is on call of the Pro Tempore. The Assembly is in summer recess until August 20th.
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