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Noreen Evans
State Legislature tables bills on migrant healthcare, oil tax, more
State Legislature tables bills on migrant healthcare, oil tax, more

Nearly 200 proposals were shelved in the Legislature on Friday, including controversial measures that would have provided healthcare coverage to people in the country illegally, imposed a tax on oil drilled from the ground and created a voluntary substance-abuse counseling program for doctors. Both houses' appropriations committees — the key panels on costs — had a Friday deadline for acting on bills. "There are lots of great ideas but not every idea can be funded by the taxpayer," said Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), the Assembly committee's chair. The Senate panel failed to advance a measure by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) that would have...

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