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Video: “Daisy Dukes,” “Free OJ” – It’s legislative bingo time

In this 2014 file photo, a Pikachu of Pokemon display hangs above Toy Fair 2014 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. “Pokemon” is a word in the California Legislature’s 2015 installment of “legislative bingo.”
In this 2014 file photo, a Pikachu of Pokemon display hangs above Toy Fair 2014 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. “Pokemon” is a word in the California Legislature’s 2015 installment of “legislative bingo.” AP

What do Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Pokemon and “straight outta Compton” have in common?

They’re all things you could hear on the Assembly floor this week.

Sustaining an end-of-session tradition of legislative levity, lawmakers arrived at Thursday’s session armed with humorous phrases to work into their floor speeches. It’s called legislative bingo.

California lawmakers began playing "legislative bingo," an end-of-session tradition in which they inject odd phrases into floor speeches. Video courtesy of The California Channel.

A list of words and phrases obtained by The Bee included “Deflategate,” “Daisy Dukes,” (the name given the tight denim shorts worn on The Dukes of Hazzard television show), “Swedish tag team” and “Where’s the beef?”

Working those words into debate can require a little creativity. Take, for example, the groan-inducing announcement of Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, when members took a break for lunch and Chiu informed them there would be some snacks.

Including, Chiu noted, “Free OJ.”

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

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