Capitol Alert

AM Alert: Legislative work continues into Friday session

The full moon rises over the state Capitol in Sacramento on Friday, July 31, 2015.
The full moon rises over the state Capitol in Sacramento on Friday, July 31, 2015.

A looming three-day weekend and the end-of-session frenzy are combining to keep lawmakers in Sacramento today, a break from their usual Fridays in the district.

Senate and Assembly sessions both convene at 9 a.m. Legislators still have a stack of bills to work through ahead of next week’s deadline. This is the time of year when Gov. Jerry Brown starts wading in, as evidenced by his administration laying down markers on medical cannabis regulation and on the still-elusive transportation funding push.

ASSISTED DEATH: After clearing its first Assembly committee earlier this week, legislation letting terminally ill Californians get prescriptions for lethal drugs faces its next test with a likely stop today in a finance committee set up to handle bills in the current special healthcare session. Should it pass, the next stop would be an Assembly floor vote.

LABORING: Lawmakers planning their long weekend will be chomping burgers and rubbing elbows at Labor Day barbecues sponsored by various local Democratic Party organizations and labor councils. Here in Sacramento, the destination will be the Sacramento Central Labor Council’s annual Labor Day picnic, where last year talk of a prominent labor leader’s ouster wafted through the air alongside the scent of grilling meat.

CELEBRATIONS: Since we won’t be publishing an AM Alert on Monday, an early happy birthday to Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, who turns 51 on Monday.

Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543, @CapitolAlert