Good evening. As anybody who has been standing on the third floor outside of the State Senate and Assembly chambers, it feels good to sit down and recharge (devices and with food). The Assembly worked for about six hours today and the Senate about eight, each with an hour-long lunch break. So I'm writing from my neighborhood Chinese restaurant on the way home from the Capitol.

Like the lobbyists and media folks there today, I can't be comprehensive as it's impossible to follow two floor sessions at once. I do it at home, but I get you true stories through whispers, raised eyebrows, and few other tools of the trade. But, I wanted to get a few out so I can keep tomorrow's Nooner manageable.

In perhaps the strangest story tied to California legislative politics today, the Trump Administration announced that the Food and Drug Administration would move forward to ban all flavored e-cigarettes, except tobacco. Attempts to do the same were blocked in California by the powerful chair of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee, Adam Gray (D-Merced). The FDA actions come amidst mysterious youth illnesses, many of which involve cannabis pods and are suspected to be caused by a vitamin E acetate additive.

Okay, let's bullet a few high-profile actions today:

The descriptions above are quick summaries written by me at 8:45pm after fourteen hours at this stuff with bleary eyes, and I include them only to remind you of which bill I'm referring. The complete text is available by clicking on the bill number from which I have linked to the text.

Don't hesitate to send any questions and I'll see if I have (or can find) the answer. I'll have lots more tomorrow and maybe I'll have time to read some real live newspapers tonight--after the education bond.

Sleep tight!

Scott