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Calif. Lawmakers Consider Hundreds Of Bills Before Deadline

Ben Bradford/Capital Public Radio
 

Ben Bradford/Capital Public Radio

A Friday deadline spurred a flurry of action at the California Capitol this week.

It was the last week for bills that would cost the state money to pass out of their initial committees, so lawmakers were running from room to room. They passed hundreds of bills out of those committees, and voted down others.

Assembly labor committee chair Roger Hernández had to call for a break Wednesday when he had no one to pass his gavel to.
 
"I have to go testify [in another committee]," Hernandez said, when calling a brief recess.
 
Bills to require voter approval for the controversial Delta Tunnels project and to dissolve the Public Utilities Commission moved forward, as did a tax on marijuana purchases and a cap on out-of-state enrollment at three UC campuses.

New limits on semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity magazines also advanced.

Companies could not consider new employees' past salaries when negotiating pay, under another measure that passed its first step.
 
A Senate bill to regulate rates that ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft charge failed.

A measure that would give union rights to those drivers will be put on hold for the year.

Ben Bradford

State Government Reporter

As the State Government Reporter, Ben covers California politics, policy and the interaction between the two. He previously reported on local and state politics, business, energy, and environment for WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Read Full Bio