Escondido, CA

Legislature goes into busy mode



Enacting new laws and passing a bal­anced budget are the primary responsibili­ties of the Legislature. While the budget won’t be finalized until mid-June, the final day to introduce new bills for consideration this year was February 19.

As a result, the annual bill deluge in Sac­ramento is well underway.

As of the 19th, 1,326 Assembly bills were introduced, compared to 1,549 last year. In the Senate, 667 bills have been introduced this year, compared to 805 last year. The total number of bills introduced in both houses this year is 1,993; the total last year was 2,354.

For the two-year session so far, the bill total is 4,347, not including special session bills, constitutional amendments or resolu­tions.

Many of these die quickly, often pulled by their author when they fail to generate support. Many more will create no con­troversy whatsoever, and will eventually pass by an overwhelming margin. Even so, most bills never become law.

Of the 2,354 bills introduced last year, Governor Brown eventually signed 808 into law and vetoed 133.

This year my bill package includes legis­lation aimed at increasing local water sup­plies, improving public safety, supporting charter schools, and assisting elder and de­pendent adult victims of financial crimes.

I’ll provide more details about my bills in a future article.

Obviously, some of this year’s bills will soon be generating intense debate and commanding lots of public attention. As bill numbers are assigned and the bills are referred to their respective committees, the Legislature’s work will begin in ear­nest.

*Note: Opinions expressed by columnists and letter writers are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the newspaper.

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