California lawmakers pass several bills as they finish legislative session

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California lawmakers have wrapped up the end of the legislative session ahead of their Sunday deadline. Several bills that passed are now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk to be signed into law. 

A bill requiring employers to provide three paid sick days was one of several big deal measures passed, but this one was questionable right until the last minute, according to KQED's Scott Detrow.

Other big deal measures passed yesterday include new groundwater rules and the first ever statewide plastic bag ban, though they were expected to pass at this point, Detrow tells KPCC.

A lot of ethics bills passed as well as a response to all of the ethical problems in the state Legislature this year according to Derow, including indictments

A broad gun measure that would have required background checks for ammo purchases failed to pass. It was the rare bill to be called up for a vote and fail, which is significant because it was sponsored by the incoming senate president, according to Detrow.

It's rare for the state Legislature to wrap up early like this, Detrow says. The have until midnight on Aug. 31, and that early finish is symbolic of how low key an productive this two-year session was, Detrow says.

Lawmakers are now done until January. Brown has all of September to sign the bills on his desk.