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Housing, Parks, Immigration Top Legislature's Agenda In Final Two Weeks

California lawmakers return to the Capitol Tuesday with just two weeks to go before they adjourn for the year.

Many Democrats had hoped to take up a package of housing bills late last week, but those votes got pushed back until after Labor Day. So housing will top the agenda when the Legislature reconvenes.

Also in the works is a parks and water bond – the bond’s $4 billion size appears set, but what the money would go towards is up for grabs.

And speaking of money up for grabs, there’s $1.5 billion in cap-and-trade auction revenues to haggle over. Gov. Jerry Brown released his proposal last week, but the Assembly and Senate will surely have their say too. Those funds could pay for anything from fire prevention to electric vehicle rebates.

Finally, there are hundreds of other measures awaiting votes. Some of the highlights include bills to make California a “sanctuary state” and to require the state to obtain all its electricity from renewable sources by the year 2045.

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