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New minimum wage, potential driver’s licenses for undocumented Californians, and more

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People gathered outside a Wendy's restaurant in New York City on Monday as part of a one-day strike calling for higher wages for fast-food workers. Justin Lane/EPA/Landov

California lawmakers finished their final session of the year by approving bills to raise California’s minimum wage to the highest in the nation, addressing issues of environmental protection, teacher misconduct, and allowing  illegal Immigrant in the state to obtain driver licenses. The Legislature adjourned after a final rush of numerous bills and debates and won’t return again until the new year in January.

Among the bills being sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for approval is bill AB10 that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016. Brown has until mid October to make a decision, but he has already come out in support for this bill.

Immigrants who are in California illegally would be able to get a driver license under AB60. “This bill will enable millions of people to get to work safely and legally,” Brown said in a statement to the LA Times. The bill would require special marks on the licenses with the initially DP, driver’s privilege, to signify a difference. Other bills headed to Brown’s desk include AB375 that would speed up the process for dismissing teacher who are accused of misconduct.  

What bills do you think Governor Brown should sign? How will the news laws impact the state? How will they impact you?

Patrick McGreevy, LA Times Capitol reporter

Dan Walters, political columnist at the Sacramento Bee


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