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Capitol Roundup: Tobacco, Election Bills Advance

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

California state senators meet for floor session on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

California lawmakers plowed through a pile of bills Tuesday - including measures that deal with tobacco use and the elections process.

The Senate approved a bill that would raise the age to purchase tobacco products – including cigarettes and chewing tobacco – from 18 to 21. It would also apply to electronic cigarettes if a second bill becomes law. That measure also passed the Senate Tuesday; it would extend cigarette regulations to vaping. So vaping would be illegal in schools, restaurants, hospitals, and so forth.

Over in the Assembly, lawmakers approved state-funded recounts in the tightest of elections; and automatic voter registration for Californians who obtain or renew their driver’s licenses.

The Assembly also passed a bill that would expand disability and maternity leave payments through California’s Paid Family Leave program from six months to 10 months.

All bills now move to the opposite chamber.

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