California lawmakers had until Monday night to push forward any remaining bills as the 2020 legislative session came to an end.
Like many things, the novel coronavirus has led to a chaotic session this year, which has been cut short and has kept lawmakers out of the statehouse for weeks at a time. According to analysis from the Los Angeles Times, it’s clear officials weren’t particularly happy with how things wrapped up and there were whispers about whether Gov. Gavin Newsom should convene a special session between now and the November election.
Newsom has already signed a piece of legislation lawmakers passed, which protects tenants from eviction. The effort has been backed by advocates who say it’s critical in protecting those facing hardships as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers also passed bills to ban police chokeholds and to allow the DOJ to investigate police shootings. Today on AirTalk, a state politics reporter joins Larry for a legislative wrap up. We discuss which bills made the cut, and how partisan politics impacted the final hours of session. Do you have thoughts or questions? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722.
Hannah Wiley, state politics reporter for the Sacramento Bee who’s been following the legislative session; she tweets @hannahcwiley