If Cal-Access seems more haggard than usual this morning, it’s because the antiquated system stayed up late last night ingesting hundreds of reports from the Capitol’s most adept procrastinators. The deadline to file end-of-the-year campaign finance and lobbying reports expired late Monday night.
Third quarter lobbying reports previously revealed the deep pockets of the oil industry, which shelled out about $16.1 million in the first nine months of 2015 to offset the governor’s climate change bill. With fourth quarter numbers on the way, expect oil to remain high on the list of biggest spenders of the year.
The fresh data, filed to the Secretary of State, will also reveal campaign spending from July through December. The more interesting details include the fruits of end of the session fundraising sprees and campaign balance sheets heading into an election year. Stay tuned for more today.
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WATER PROJECTS: A joint informational and oversight hearing will convene today to provide an update from the state agencies charged with overseeing water supply improvement projects under Proposition 1. The hearing, held before the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation, will take place at 9:30 a.m. in room 4202 of the Capitol.
Meanwhile, the State Water Resource Control Board plans to discuss amendments and extensions to current water restrictions at its regular meeting. The board will meet at 9 a.m. in the second floor Coastal Hearing Room at 1001 I Street.
TEACHER SHORTAGE: Considered a difficult career path during the layoff-riddled recession, now freshly minted teachers are among the most sought after workers in the state. A collection of California senators led by Carol Liu, D-La Cañada Flintridge, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will hold a press conference today to discuss three Senate Bills to help schools recruit and retain qualified teachers. The group, which meets at 11:30 a.m. in room 3191 of the Capitol, is concerned about enrollment in college teaching programs declining as demand for educators grows.