State Lawmakers' Session Begins in Earnest

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, January 2, 2007

The first two weeks in January are always jam-packed with events— which this year includes swearing-in ceremonies for the Governor and state officials.  There’s also the State of the State address and the release of the Governor’s proposed budget.  

As for issues to be negotiated-- both the Governor and Democratic leaders have said they want to expand healthcare to include at least some of the estimated six-million uninsured.  

Governor Schwarzenegger has already submitted plans to tackle overcrowding in state prisons— and threat of a federal take-over looms if the Governor and lawmakers don't act.  They’re are also facing a budget shortfall of around five-billion dollars.