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Bills Live Or Die In The Blink Of An Eye

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

California lawmakers killed more than 200 bills in committee Thursday while advancing nearly 500 more to the Senate and Assembly floors.

Assembly Appropriations Committee Chair Jimmy Gomez says majority Democrats picked bills to move forward that are fiscally responsible but show Californians’ values.

"We put together the best package of bills we believe that reflect those values within the constraints that we must live within," says Gomez. 

Measures moving forward include a minimum wage increase, two tobacco tax proposals and right-to-die legislation.

Failed bills include an expansion of paid sick leave to in-home care workers; and an independent special prosecutor requirement for all police shootings.

And some measures were given some pretty big amendments. A double-pay on holidays measure would no longer apply to Christmas – just Thanksgiving. And a medical marijuana bill favored by the cannabis industry was merged into a bill backed by law enforcement.

All measures must pass floor votes by the end of next week.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio 

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