Capitol Alert

Ten California Assembly bills on unusual issues

The State Capitol in Sacramento on Monday December 11, 2006. Sacramento Bee
The State Capitol in Sacramento on Monday December 11, 2006. Sacramento Bee Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

Among this year’s stampede of California bills reside a few singular creatures.

The deadline to file legislation has passed, yielding 1,504 Assembly bills that cover every imaginable topic. Some seek ambitious, far-reaching policy changes; some solve obscure district-specific issues or tweak new laws with “cleanup” language; many will spark special interest clashes.

Sift through the Assembly’s list and you’ll find proposals that, worthiness aside, address some narrow, specific issues. Among them are bills:

1. Offering tax credits to get high-speed Internet access to the deaf. (Assembly Bill 924)

2. Requiring new public places like theaters and convention centers to have changing stations for disabled adults. (Assembly Bill 662)

3. Regulating tour guides via a new California Tour Guide Council. (Assembly Bill 836)

4. Repealing a $100 limit on how much alcohol enforcement authorities can seize. (Assembly Bill 776)

5. Giving a tax break for medical marijuana sold to terminally ill patients. (Assembly Bill 821)

6. Bolstering penalties for attacking police animals supervised by volunteers. (Assembly Bill 794)

7. Increasing fines on people who sell contact lenses without proper registration. (Assembly Bill 789)

8. Exempting from food safety rules small snack bars run by nonprofits. (Assembly Bill 1076)

9. Allowing barber shops and beauty salons to offer alcohol without a liquor license. (Assembly Bill 1322)

10. Ensuring the state can’t be reimbursed for the utility bills of rest stop vending machines operated by firms participating in the state’s Business Enterprises Program for the Blind. (Assembly Bill 1353)

Call Jeremy B. White, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5543.