Controversial Bills Headed to Floor

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, August 17, 2006

With subjects ranging from cable TV to condoms, hundreds of bills churned through the Appropriations committees in both houses.  Some of the key measures that are now headed to the floor include:
A bill opening up the cable TV market to phone companies, the bill okaying L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s school reorganization, and a bill enforcing a non-discrimination policy regarding gays and lesbians in schools.   

A couple of measures involve cars:  One would make it illegal to use a cell phone while behind the wheel – unless you use a hands-free device.  The other prohibits smoking while young children are in the car. And yet another controversial measure headed to the floor would allow the distribution of condoms to prisoners. 

One notable piece of legislation was referred to another committee.  It would establish a greenhouse gas emissions cap.  Two bills calling for a minimum wage increase were up – one is headed to the floor…while the other was referred to another committee.