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Lawmakers return to bill backlog

Publication Date: 8/20/2007
  • Author:Steve Geissinger
  • Publication:Tri-Valley Herald, CA

When lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday for their final four weeks of work this year, they will confront not only a contentious budget standoff, but more than 900 other bills — some of which deal with vital issues and many that are sure to fuel passionate debate...

-SB7, by Assemblywoman Jenny Oropeza, D-Long Beach, would ban smoking in cars when anyone under the age of 18 is also in the vehicle.

Of the 930 bills, the majority — 562 — are stuck in the Senate awaiting committee hearings and eventual floor votes, according to the clerks offices for the legislative houses. And thats fueling the angst because its the Senate that has yet to vote on the budget.

It could get even dicier if the Assembly decides to negotiate and vote on a new budget bill.

Under the worst-case scenario, unfinished bills can be carried over to the second year of the 2007-08 legislative session, but stamped with the political stigma that it stalled the first year.