Legislature Faces Final Week of 2005 Session
State lawmakers return to Sacramento Tuesday, facing a small mountain of bills in the final week of this year's legislative session.
Monday, September 5, 2005
Under the legislature’s joint rules, Friday September ninth is the last day for passage of bills in the 2005 regular session.
Democrats hold hefty majorities in both the Senate and the Assembly. Democratic Assembly Floor Leader Dario Frommer says there will be lots of action. " I think it will be a very exciting week for the legislature really to show that despite all of the atmospherics out there that we are able to put on the governor’s desk some very serious and thoughtful measures, which really do affect the quality of life of the average Californian."
Among the measures facing up or down votes by Friday are bills to legalize gay marriage in California, grant drivers licenses to illegal immigrants, raise the state minimum wage by a dollar a hour, and the plan to subsidize installation of a million solar roofs on homes and businesses.
Governor Schwarzenegger will have until October ninth to sign or veto whatever bills are passed by the legislature this week.