Monday, September 10, 2012

AM Alert: Clock still ticking on the Legislature's handiwork - Sacramento Bee (blog)

This fine Sacramento morning, Capitol denizens and other political junkies might want to contemplate the number 33.

It is the atomic number of arsenic. It is the number of innings played in the longest game in professional baseball history.

It's also the number of bills that Gov. Jerry Brown must dispatch, on average, each and every day during the 21 days he has left to contemplate the handiwork of the now departed California Legislature.

Brown announced early Friday afternoon that he had signed 59 measures, including a 64-page-long piece of legislation changing five words, and another bill barring landlords from requiring tenants to pay rent online.

The governor announced later Friday that he would sign two measures Saturday afternoon at a Capitol rally, sponsored by the North American Punjabi Association, honoring victims of the shooting last month at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisc.

Assembly Bill 1964, by Democrat Mariko Yamada, adds a religious dress or grooming practice as an observance covered by the state's anti-discrimination laws.

Senate Bill 1540 by Democrat Loni Hancock -- which Sikh groups, the Korea Academy for Educators, state schools chief Tom Torlakson and others supported -- calls for the State Board of Education to consider, by June 30, 2014, adopting a revised curriculum framework for history and social science.

That left, oh, about 700 bills to go.

The Bee's Capitol Bureau took a look Sunday at a few of those pending proposals, which range from pension reform to retirement savings, and from a lumber tax to health insurance plans. Find it at the Capitol and California page.

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