A Wide Range of Issues Await State Lawmakers
State lawmakers will return to Sacramento after their summer break with just four weeks to finish work on hundreds of bills.
Friday, August 4, 2006
Sweeping environmental legislation, a measure creating a new state Department of Public Health, and a bill to allow phone companies into the cable-t-v business are just some of the issues awaiting lawmakers’ attention. The Assembly Speaker, Democrat Fabian Nunez is behind the cable t-v bill as well as a measure that will allow the Mayor of Los Angeles more control over public schools in the city. Lawmakers will also debate whether to raise the minimum wage. Redistricting, or re-drawing legislative boundaries is also on the radar. All that will also happen at the same time as a special session called by Governor Schwarzenegger to deal with the issue of prison overcrowding.