Special Election Overshadows End of Legislative Session

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, August 15, 2005

Amidst all the usual business of finishing up the session, legislative leaders say they’re working on compromises to replace the Governor’s initiatives on the special election ballot. Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez  says to make a successful deal, Schwarzenegger must take a stand against the so-called paycheck protection initiative that would require unions to gain permission from members before using their dues for political purposes. 

“The Governor needs to oppose it at best, at worst he needs to stay away from it, and make sure no monies are raised for that effort.” 

Nunez says among his other priorities in the last weeks of session is an effort to obtain more funding for education—possibly with a new measure that would not need a two-thirds vote. 

As for Governor Schwarzenegger, his legislative priorities include a bill requiring home builders to offer solar power as a buyers’ option and a measure to encourage the sale of fruits and vegetables on public school campuses.