Assembly Republicans say they’ve got a plan to fix California roads – and a tax hike isn’t part of it.
Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen will present her suggestion for the governor’s special session on transportation at a press event at 11 a.m. today in Room 127 at the Capitol. She hasn’t said what’s in the plan, but after Brown and Democratic leaders announced their budget deal she questioned the value of high-speed rail projects, saying money for trains should first go to existing infrastructure fixes.
Senate Republicans have already introduced no-tax transportation bills for the special session.
SB 277: The Senate will vote today on whether to concur with the Assembly’s amendments to the mandatory vaccinations bill, SB 277. The amendments, among other things, make it easier for a doctor to sign off on a medical exemptions.
BILLS TO WATCH: In the Senate, the bill to ban the use of “Redskins” as a public school mascot is up in the appropriations committee at 10 a.m. A resolution urging Congress to stop postal service cutbacks will be heard in the Senate Governmental Organization Committee after session. On the Assembly side, the natural resources committee considers a bill at 1:30 to set new requirements for oil spill response.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblymen Henry Perea, D-Fresno, who is 38 today, and Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, who turns 41. Belated well wishes to a trio of weekend celebrants: Assemblyman Matthew Harper, R-Huntington Beach, now 41; state Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, who turned 65; and Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, who is 74.