Welcome back Legislature

By Angela Hart : propublica – excerpt

WELCOME BACK: The Capitol will be abuzz today with both houses kicking off the 2019-20 legislative session, followed by the usual parties afterward to celebrate.

While it’s largely a day for pomp and circumstance, some members aren’t going to waste time putting bills across the desk. Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has already held several press conferences to announce bills he’ll introduce to encourage development near transit, give tax breaks to programs that give free cannabis to medical patients and discourage thieves from breaking into cars…

Now comes legislation that directly addresses Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom’s promises. One is a bill from Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) to extend health coverage to all undocumented immigrants in California, which could have a $3 billion price tag…

Both the Assembly and Senate floor sessions start today at noon and should last about two hours… (more)


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