With the session ending Wednesday, state lawmakers have a busy few days ahead. Before they go, here are some bills that they really need to get to the governor.
SB 654: The New Parent Leave Act would extend sorely needed job protections to employees of small businesses who want to take advantage of the state's paid family leave program. No one should be fired for taking six weeks off to bond with a baby, especially since they’ve already paid for it via payroll deductions.
SB 1190: Public trust in the Coastal Commission is at rock bottom, thanks to the firing of its popular executive director and a culture of backroom chitchat with lobbyists and developers. This bill, which would ban such ex parte communications, has been watered down, but its passage would still go a long way toward leveling the playing field.
AB 2868: It does no good to say we want to move to alternative energy sources if we have to keep natural gas and coal plants idling to power people’s air conditioners at dusk. This bill would help deploy more solar and wind power by creating incentives to develop energy-storage techniques.