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Wednesday, September 26 th, 2007
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1. GOVERNOR BILL SIGNING VO/SOT
The Governor will sign a bill authorizing the use of the Northern California Women's Facility near Stockton as a re-entry facility for up to 500 male inmates. Such facilities will be used for inmates to serve the end of their prison sentences in their home region in a setting that corrections says will better enable them to receive job training and rehabilitation services. State officials hope that will ease overcrowding in the over burdened state prison system. Efforting soundbites and video.
2. SPECIAL SESSION UPDATE VO/SOT
The Governor called a special session of the legislature almost two weeks ago, to focus on the issues of health care reform and water projects. Other than the introduction of two water related bills, no healthcare legislation and no hearings have taken place during the special session. Only a few private meetings between the governor, legislative leadership and their staffs have taken place. Several Assembly and Senate members are abroad, including those assigned to the working groups on healthcare and water. Efforting soundbites and video.
3. FAMILY PLANNING BILL VO/SOT
Senate President Pro Tempore Don Perata and representatives from Planned Parenthood this morning will urge the Governor to sign SB 94 into law. The bill, by Senator Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) would increases reimbursement rates for family planning services. Efforting soundbites and video.
4. FINANCIAL REPORTS ON PAPER VO/SOT
The Fair Political Practices Commission and the Secretary of State's Office will conduct a joint hearing today, taking public testimony on the possibility of no longer requiring a hard copy filing of Campaign Finance Reports. The paper copies are currently used as the official filing, resulting in annual submissions of several hundred thousand pages of reports. The FPPC and the SOS can jointly agree to end the paper filing requirement if it is determined electronic disclosure systems are operating effectively. Efforting soundbites and video.
5. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR/HIGHER EDUCATION VO/SOT
Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi (D-Walnut Grove) will discuss his plans for higher education in California and the Commission for Economic Development. As Lieutenant Governor he serves as chair of the commission and is on the board of the University of California Regents and California State University Trustees. Efforting soundbites and video.
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City Investigation Requested -- A group opposed to the formation of a new city within Sacramento County is calling for an investigation into the practice by other cities in Sacramento County of contributing public monies to the city hood effort. The outcome of the investigation could have implications for similar city hood campaigns throughout the state.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in San Joaquin County to sign a prison re-entry facility bill.
The Senate and Assembly have adjourned for the 2007 session. Special session is ongoing. The 2008 session convenes January 7th.
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