Today is the deadline to pass bills out of the State Assembly and State Senate, so lawmakers are powering through bills to make the cut.
Among the more high profile bills moving through the legislative process are: SB 128, which would legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients; AB 226, which would sanction the creation of a framework and regulatory structure for medical marijuana; and a raft a bills that would increase the use of renewable energy in the state to 50% by 2030.
Because both houses of the state legislature are held by Democratic majorities, Democrats are largely the ones proposing, drafting, and corralling the necessary support for what is viewed as a very liberal agenda. Some of these bills would: collect data on police stops to address alleged racial profiling by police, increase the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21, and expand Medi-Cal to undocumented immigrants.
More than 500 bills are in the works, although it is unlikely that all of them will pass their respective house today and even more unlikely that all that do will receive Governor Brown’s support.
What bills would you like to see move forward for debate?
Dan Walters, Columnist, Sacramento Bee; "Opinion: An illusion of action in California’s Capitol"