Banner Week For Bills At State Capitol
From paid sick leave to helium-filled balloons, it was a banner week at the state Capitol for bills. Lawmakers passed a slew of measures ahead of a key deadline.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Lawmakers were hot on health and consumer bills. The Senate passed one allowing landlords to ban smoking in apartments...and another requiring hospitals to report drug-resistant infections to the State Department of Public Health. And the Assembly okayed a measure requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to all workers. On the public safety front, Senators gave the go-ahead to the “Ocean Rangers.” That’s a measure creating a sort-of police force for cruise ships sailing in California waters. And birthday-party goers, beware. The Senate also approved a bill banning helium-filled metallic balloons....which apparently can get caught in power lines and cause outages. Finally, in a first nationwide, the state Assembly approved a bill that would allow the state public employees retirement account to offer IRA’s to private sector employees.