Capitol Alert

Senate Republican priority bills shelved on deadline day

California Senate Minority Leader Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, talks to reporters about Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised 2016-17 state budget plan released Friday, May 13, 2016, in Sacramento.
California Senate Minority Leader Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, talks to reporters about Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised 2016-17 state budget plan released Friday, May 13, 2016, in Sacramento. AP

California Senate Republicans, a resilient lot that two years ago recovered from near obscurity, this year offered up a package of 11 priority proposals, pitching the legislation as a way to lift up the state’s most vulnerable and downtrodden.

Taken together, the legislation sought to cap property taxes for seniors and older or disabled military veterans, create tax deductions for school expenses for the poor and public college tuition, and institute a sales-tax “holiday” for back-to-school shopping. They also moved to restore eyeglass coverage for Medi-Cal patients and allow renters to redirect tax payments to a savings accounts for the down payment on their first home.

Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, had characterized the GOP effort as “a very positive agenda that gives voice to Californians being left behind by their own Capitol.”

But like so many GOP-introduced bills, eight of the priorities met a bitter fate last week, when they failed to advance ahead of a legislative deadline.

On Friday, Fuller called the majority party’s action “a missed opportunity to help millions of Californians.” She did credit the committee with advancing legislation to help make the state more affordable for disabled veterans.

“Moving forward, Fuller said, “Senate Republicans will continue to fight for common sense solutions that will make it easier for our residents to live in the Golden State.”

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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