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Sacramento roundup: The home stretch for a panoply of bills

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California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a bill signing event at the Leland Stanford Mansion on May 19, 2015 in Sacramento, California Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

With the legislative deadline passed, Governor Brown now faces hundreds of bills, many of which have significant implications for the Golden State.

Among the most high-profile of the bills are: ABX2-15, a bill pushed in committee to legalize the right-to-die for certain terminally ill patients; SB350, a measure to boost renewable electricity use in the state to 50% by 2050 that was attacked by the business and petroleum lobbies; and AB266, legislation to establish a statewide licensure and operation program for medical marijuana, which would be the first of its kind in California.

Other less notable bills include SB295, a bill to further regulate oil pipelines that arrived as a response to the Santa Barbara oil spill earlier this year, and SB 695, a mandate that sexual violence prevention (including “Yes means Yes” training) is included in school district curriculum if health education is required to graduate.

Legal technicalities aside, for each bill, Governor Brown has 12 days after its passage in the legislature to sign or veto. The California legislature may override a veto with a two-thirds vote in both the Assembly and the Senate.

Which bills are you most excited or apprehensive about? Do you think vetoed bills will show up in next year’s legislative session or the 2016 ballot? And how will these bills affect the most pressing issues facing Californians?


Patrick McGreevy, Capitol Reporter, Los Angeles Times; “Legislature Leaves Anti-Tobacco Measures and Health Plan Tax on the Table

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