Capitol Alert

AM Alert: Hundreds of bills face life-or-death decisions

The Senate and Assembly appropriations committees will act on hundreds of bills Thursday, deciding whether or not to move costly measures to the house floors by a legislative deadline.

The bills have already passed their house of origin and have been sitting in the committees’ suspense files because they would cost the state a significant amount of money to implement. The hearings will be held after each house’s floor session.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee, meeting in Room 4202, will hear 127 Senate bills, including a measure to increase the state minimum wage to $11 an hour next year and $13 in 2017, a measure to expand Medi-Cal eligibility to undocumented immigrants, a measure to allow home-based child care workers to unionize and a measure to undo a state law that prevents families on welfare from receiving additional benefits if they have another child.

The Senate Appropriations Committee, meeting in Room 4203, has 300 Assembly bills on its suspense file. Some measures the committee is scheduled to consider include a bill that would regulate medical marijuana on a two-tier state and local system, a bill that would allow terminally ill people to seek experimental drugs without FDA approval and a bill that would ban ivory sales in California.

WATER SAVINGS: The State Water Resources Control Board on Thursday will announce how much water was saved in California during the month of July.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order in April for Californians to reduce their water use by 25 percent. In June, the first month of cutbacks, water use fell by 27 percent.

INAUGURATION: Sen. Steven Glazer, D-Orinda, will be sworn in at a ceremony in his district Thursday evening. The oath of office will be administered in Danville by former Democratic Rep. George Miller. Glazer was sworn in at the Capitol in May after winning a special election.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, who turns 62.

Jeanne Kuang: 916-321-1188, @jeannekuang