Welcome to the final countdown.
Today, state lawmakers reconvene in Sacramento after a month-long summer break — during which Some went abroad on trips sponsored by special interest groups who try to help them on various issues – for the last and crazy month of the legislative session.
in front of the legislators August 31 deadline determine the fate of hundreds of bills. It depends on the high-intensity process The general election is on November 8Which could affect how some lawmakers — especially those running for seats — face the State Assembly and senate – Voting on offers with hot buttons.
In a preview of the tough decisions facing lawmakers, hundreds of fast-food workers were intend to demonstrate at the state Capitol Sunday night in support of a bill that would do just that Allow the state to negotiate wages, hours and working conditions For an industry that employs about 700,000 people. similar measure Couldn’t pass last year.
The proposal, supported by labor unions and opposed by business and restaurant groups, has divided Democrats, some of whom are wary of extending broad liability for labor violations from fast-food franchise owners to the chain companies they work with.
But this is just one of the controversial bills before lawmakers, some of which are up for votes as early as today. Here’s a look at some of the key bills CalMatters is watching, broken down by area:
with California voters Decide in November Should the right to abortion and contraception be anchored in the state constitution, legislators Weighs more than a dozen bills Increase access and strengthen defenses. Perhaps the most controversial proposal is from Oakland Democratic Assemblywoman Buffy Weeks To prevent women from being civilly or criminally responsible for the results of their pregnancy. Opponents claimed the bill would legalize infanticide, which Weeks said was completely false.
Following the recent ruling of the US Supreme Court Dramatically expand gun rightsDemocratic lawmakers opposed a bill that they said would comply with the opinion and at the same time Which makes California’s concealed carry law more restrictive. If passed, it is almost certain to face legal challenges from gun rights groups.
Lawmakers still have to determine the fate of some of the most controversial bills introduced by Democrats’ Task Force on VaccinesIncludes suggestions to allow children 15 and above To Get vaccinated without parental consent and another to classify doctors “spreading misinformation or disinformation” related to COVID-19 as unprofessional conduct.
housing and homelessness
Governor Gavin Newsom’s controversial proposal to Force California’s seriously mentally ill into treatment and housing faces critical votes, as does a bill aimed at increasing construction for affordable housing, but there Distribute influential working groups.
Lawmakers will consider a bill to reform California’s nursing home licensing system, which sponsors say was Watered down so hard they can no longer support it. after Last year’s CalMatters investigationThe lawmakers warned that “people are dying while we wait”.
Work and workplace
Lawmakers have quite a few high-profile labor bills, including one to allow their employees to unionize And another one to force companies to do publicly disclose more data on pay gaps. They will also decide, after two vetoes by Newsom last year, whether to do so Allow farm workers to vote by mail in union elections And Increase payments from the state’s paid family leave program So more low-wage workers can take time off to care for a newborn child or a sick family member.
Inside Ongoing debate on criminal justice reformLawmakers will consider a proposal to block prisons, jails and private immigration detention centers Keeping people in isolation for more than 15 consecutive days. They will also decide whether to limit prosecutors’ ability to seek the death penalty or life without parole. For accomplices to certain murders who did not kill and did not intend to kill.
Not long after Newsom signed the binding law All single-use food packaging and utensils will be recyclable, reusable, refillable or compostable by 2030The legislators will determine if so Force online retailers to reduce single-use plastic use Like bubble wrap and Styrofoam peanuts.
Internet and technology
The Capitol is gearing up for a showdown over a pair of bills — both facing intense pushback from the tech industry — to Significantly expand children’s privacy rights on the Internet and allow the plaintiffs Hold social media companies civilly liable for intentionally targeting teenagers. The legislators will decide even if so Slap regulations on the cryptocurrency industry. The votes come in as Several lawmakers are scheduled to meet with tech lobbyists later this week at a Napa Valley resort for a two-day event defined by the organizers as the pinnacle of technology policy.
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