House Republicans are making another push for a bill addressing California's drought, adding the text of a measure by Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) to two pieces of legislation headed to the Senate.
The House passed Valadao's bill almost a year ago, but the Senate has refused to take it up. His legislation focuses on funneling more water to San Joaquin Valley growers by reducing the amount used to support endangered fish populations.
A proposed ballot measure to legalize the recreational use of marijuana could generate more than $1 billion annually for state and local governments, but also would likely lead to more cannabis use, requiring additional money to be spent on drug treatment, the state Legislative Analyst’s Office said Tuesday.
The report was presented to state lawmakers who held a hearing on the measure, which was proposed for California's November ballot by a coalition that includes former Facebook president Sean Parker.
The measure would allow adults ages 21 and older to possess, transport and use up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational purposes and place a 15% tax on retail sales of the drug.
Lawmakers from the Assembly and Senate are continuing to push Gov. Jerry Brown to spend money on affordable-housing programs.
Assembly Democrats are asking for $650 million in subsidies to pay for rental housing for low-income workers, tax credits and farmworker housing. That amount, which advanced out of a budget hearing Tuesday, is half the $1.3-billion request a dozen Assembly Democrats made last month. Senators renewed their request for $200 million in funding to combat homelessness during their own budget hearing.
Long-stalled plans to boost funding for road repairs in California won’t happen as part of the state budget deal, the leader of the Assembly budget committee said.
“We have been working on transportation funding for over a year,” said Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco). “Overall, I support the governor’s proposal and, although it has a lot of support in the Legislature, it doesn’t have the votes to pass by June 15. By moving it to the policy process, we can keep these important discussions moving forward.”
Gov. Jerry Brown called a special session of the Legislature last summer to deal with road funding, but little progress has been made since. Last week, a coalition of cities, counties, labor and business groups put forward a new plan, which relies on increases in gas taxes and vehicle fees as well as reforms to the repair process, in hopes of breaking the logjam.
Garland has sat down with senators in both parties, even as Republican Senate leaders maintain they will not consider a nominee put forward by Obama. The White House has cast the meetings as chipping away at GOP resistance.
Assemblyman Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) has spent $41,500 in political funds to support Proposition 50, an anti-corruption measure put on the ballot in response to issues raised when his uncle, former Sen. Ronald Calderon, was indicted in a bribery case.
Ronald Calderon and Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco were indicted in separate corruption cases in 2014, leading to their suspension with pay by the Senate after lawmakers said state law prevents them from withholding the money. Proposition 50 would allow suspensions without pay.
Ian Calderon said he is supporting the ballot measure on principle.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) and former California Rep. Howard Berman will help draft the Democratic Party's platform this year.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz named them to the 15-member panel that will help determine policy priorities ahead of the party's July convention in Philadelphia.
This year, Democrats divided the makeup of the panel, with presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders each allowed to name a portion of the group and Wasserman Schultz naming four people. Lee and Berman were selected by Wasserman Schultz.