AirTalk for September 2, 2014

Sacramento legislation that survived the last days of session

Jerry Brown Delivers California State Of The State Address

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State lawmakers approved a series of bills over the weekend before wrapping up their two-year session that await the governor's signature.

Among the most contentious bills debated late into the legislative session was a package of laws regulating the pumping of groundwater in California.

As reported by The San Jose Mercury News, Democrats pushed forward the measure over objections from lawmakers who represent farmers struggling through the drought with the help of pumping groundwater.

Another environmentally-minded bill awaiting Governor Jerry Brown's signature is a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

As for labor laws, a bill requiring three paid sick days annually was amended to exclude In-Home Supportive Services workers. That caused the Democratic bill to lose some union support, but the alteration reportedly saves it from veto.

What fate is expected for the other last-minute legislation?

Guests: 

Katie Orr, State Government Reporter, Capital Public Radio

Chris Megerian, Sacramento Reporter, Los Angeles Times


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