Capitol Alert

AM Alert: Fate of plastic bag ban awaits on final day for bill signings

Facing a deadline to take action before midnight tonight, Gov. Jerry Brown has been on a tear of bill signings in recent days. Over the weekend, he approved high-profile legislation that would set an “affirmative consent” standard for sexual activity on college campuses; eliminate sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine; and hold businesses liable when subcontractors violate wage, workplace safety or workers’ compensation rules, a priority for organized labor this session.

Several major bills remain on Brown’s desk on this final day, however – most notably a statewide ban on plastic grocery bags. The proposal generated controversy all year long and only passed through the Legislature after some intense political maneuvering, but Brown has said that he will “probably” sign it.

Less certain are the fates of a number of firearms bills, including one requiring toy guns to be brightly colored and another that would allow the family members of someone displaying signs of violence to petition for the temporary removal of their weapon. Brown has been on both sides of gun control legislation in the past.

VIDEO: Dan Walters reflects on Brown’s “canoe theory” of politics.

FOLLOW THE MONEY: Who’s raking in the campaign cash as election season heats up? The Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Alert Insider Edition app has got you covered. Our new interactive campaign finance tool is updated daily with contribution filings and independent expenditures, as well as running lists of the top donors, recipients, independent expenditure contests and committees. The Insider Edition app is available for download in the iTunes and Google Play stores for mobile and tablet devices.

LIVING POOR: More than a fifth of California children live in poverty, according to the Public Policy Institute of California, but the rates in coastal communities like Orange County and Los Angeles far exceed inland areas such as Sacramento. PPIC researcher Sarah Bohn will discuss California’s social safety net and the factors that contribute to regional variations in child poverty, noon at the CSAC Conference Center on 11th Street.

DON’T SHOOT: The Assembly Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay meets at 1:30 p.m. at Fremont High School in Oakland for a hearing on the effects of neighborhood violence on East Oakland youth.

LAW ENDORSEMENT: Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, will announce support from local law enforcement officials – including Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones and Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully – in his state Senate race against fellow Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, 10:30 a.m. at the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, Florin Station, on 65th Street.

STAMPING OUT CANCER: Sacramento is reissuing a stamp that has generated more than $79 million for breast cancer research since it was first introduced in 1998 at the urging of local Dr. Ernie Bodai. The United States Postal Service hosts a dedication ceremony, featuring Bodai, at noon on the west steps of the Capitol.

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