Four years ago, California Democrats in the state Legislature didn’t get to their party's national convention in Denver — they were locked in a budget battle. This year, many have made it to Charlotte, including State Assembly Speaker John Perez.
Perez said that before he left Sacramento, lawmakers dropped off a tall stack of bills on the governor's desk, awaiting his signature. He added that you can never assume what the governor's going to sign or not going to sign, "so he and I are going to have a lot of conversations about just about every bill," Perez said.
Perez described Gov. Jerry Brown's deliberations as "a very exhaustive process."
"He’s very hands-on," Perez said. "He’ll read the bills, he’ll read even works of literature to help him structure his thinking about it. So this is a very engaged and involved governor."
Perez said he’ll start talking with the governor about those bills when he returns to California.
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