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Assembly Rings With Tributes to Roos, Who Is Leaving Office

TIMES STAFF WRITER

The Assembly devoted the majority of its Monday floor session to eulogizing Speaker Pro Tem Mike Roos (D-Los Angeles), who is resigning from the Legislature March 19 to take a new job.

Roos will receive a six-figure salary to head a panel of local business and civic leaders that will recommend ways to improve the trouble-plagued Los Angeles Unified School District.

Nearly three-dozen speakers of both political parties spent more than 2 1/2 hours paying tribute to Roos in speeches that were serious and humorous.

When it was over, Roos joked: “I’ve listened. . . . I’ve changed my mind and I’ve decided not to take it (the job).” His colleagues roared.

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Assembly Speaker Willie Brown (D-San Francisco) said he intends to elevate Assistant Speaker Pro Tem Jack O’Connell (D-Carpinteria) to replace Roos in the Democratic leadership hierarchy.

Political insiders said a former Roos aide, Peter Taylor, is a leading candidate to assume his former boss’s Assembly seat.

GOVERNOR

* Appointed former Senate Republican Leader James W. Nielsen of Rohnert Park to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Nielsen, 46, will be paid $92,460 a year. He also works for a farm chemical company. The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

* Will speak to the Cal Tax Forum in Sacramento on Wednesday.

ASSEMBLY

Floor Action

* Black History: Granted final approval on a voice vote to a resolution (ACR 16) by Assemblyman Curtis Tucker Jr. (D-Inglewood) designating February as Black History Month.

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Bill Introductions

* Sexual Molestation: AB 638 by Assemblywoman Paula L. Boland (R-Granada Hills) would eliminate the statute of limitations for the prosecution of child molesters.

* Drugs: AB 650 by Assemblywoman Cathie Wright (R-Simi Valley) would add five years to the prison term of any person convicted of providing a controlled substance to a pregnant woman.

* VDTs: AB 641 by Assemblyman Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica) would require all video display terminals sold in California after July 1, 1993, to meet specified health and safety standards.

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SENATE

Floor Action

* Budget Process: Passed and sent to the Assembly on a 29-5 vote a bill (SB 55) and a resolution (SCR 5) by Sen. Alfred E. Alquist (D-San Jose) to create a state Constitution Revision Commission to, among other things, examine the process by which a state budget is formulated and enacted and to recommend improvements.

Bill Introductions

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* Drugs: SB 456 by Sen. Diane Watson (D-Los Angeles) would require the state in consultation with the Los Angeles Unified School District to develop a model statewide curriculum to train preschool, kindergarten and first- and second-grade teachers to identify special needs of children who are exposed to drugs.

* Automobiles: SB 431 by Sen. Gary K. Hart (D-Santa Barbara) calls for lower sales taxes on new cars that have lower-than-average pollution emissions, and higher sales taxes on cars that have higher-than-average emissions.


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