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With the budget settled, what's next for Calif. legislature?

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Sacramento lawmakers will tackle hundreds more bills in this legislative session.

With the passage of the state budget last week, the legislature shifts focus to hundreds of remaining policy bills.  Here are a few we'll be watching:

Prisoner Reductions: The Brown Administration has promised to develop “legislative language” to reduce the state prison population by 10,000 inmates to comply with a federal court order.

Enterprise Zones: The governor and some lawmakers want to pass a budget trailer bill that dismantles the state’s 40 enterprise zones and redirects $750 million in tax breaks.

Gun control: Lawmakers will vote on dozens of bills to further restrict the types of ammunition and guns allowed in California, and bills that increase state monitoring of arms and safety requirements.  Click here for KPCC's database on gun control bills.

Protections for school children: Assembly Bill 375  makes it easier and faster to suspend or dismiss a teacher, and increases the types of drug offenses that warrant disciplinary action; AB349 would create a statewide database to track dismissal or suspension of other school employees. 

Healthcare reform: SB332 would expand the types of information California’s new healthcare exchange would have to make public. Three scope of practice bills would expand the types of procedures nurse practitioners, optometrists and pharmacists can perform without a doctor; The so-called “Wal-Mart bill,” Assembly Bill 880, would fine large employers whose workers enroll in Medi-Cal. The money would be used to offset state costs for providing that care.

Environment: Assembly Bill 227 overhauls Proposition 65's requirement that businesses post public warnings about cancer-causing chemicals.  The changes are aimed at reducing frivolous lawsuits.

Immigration:  Assembly Bill 4, aka “the TRUST Act,” would prohibit local law enforcement from using federal immigration holds for people arrested for minor, non-violent offenses and who lack a serious criminal history.

Labor:  Assembly Bill 241, the domestic worker bill of rights, would provide paid breaks and overtime to nannies and other home care workers; Assembly Bill 10 raises the minimum wage from $8 to $9.25 per hour and builds in automatic increases tied to inflation.

The legislature is in session until mid-July, when it's scheduled for a month-long break.


 

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