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THE NOONER for September 12, 2015

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Happy Saturday, with a quick special Nooner covering the developments of last night's sine die of the regular legislative year. The Senate's gavel came down at 11:45pm and the Assembly worked past the midnight deadline until 12:22am. The LAT's Melanie Mason tweets this great video of a bear saying Buh-bye. And, the LAT's Marcus Yam has some great photos of last night.

Enjoy the "cool" 98 degrees today. Despite the over 100 degree temps at the Global Nooner Headquarters, I have gotten through the week with no air conditioning. Apparently, the State Senate was a bit different last night, with this tweet from the Bee's Jeremy B. White: "So @SenHannahBeth just complained on the Senate floor about how cold it is ."





COOL DOWN: Passed: Climate change bill, SB 350 [Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "[Kevin de León] said the bill is full of “bold ideas.” The measure would require the state to get 50% of its electricity of renewable sources and double the energy efficiency in buildings by 2030. A controversial provision of the bill to slash gasoline use by 50% was dropped earlier in the week."

SMOKIN! Plan to regulate medical marijuana heads to Jerry Brown [Christopher Cadelago and Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "After years of false starts and nearly two decades after California legalized cannabis for medical purposes, lawmakers Friday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a legislative package to regulate the billion-dollar industry."

SMOKIN' REDUX: The package of anti-tobacco bills didn't make it to the governor's desk.

CARBS: Speaker Toni Atkins's bill to add 2 members representing low income communities to the California Air Resources Board is on it's way to the governor's desk.



PRIORITIES MUCH? California Senate passes resolution to 'dump Trump' [Alexei Kosoff @ SacBee] - "In the waning minutes before the Senate adjourned for the year, Democrats adopted a resolution condemning the Republican presidential frontrunner’s views on immigration and calling on Californians to divest from his many business enterprises."

UH, YOU DIDN'T SEE THIS: Proposal would give SEIU Local 1000 president nearly $100,000 stipend [Jon Ortiz @ SacBee] - "SEIU Local 1000’s top four leaders, including President Yvonne Walker, would each receive from $66,000 to nearly $100,000 in union money if the local’s board approves a new stipend proposal next month."




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Senator Huff and Senate Republicans Call For Passage of Budget Accountability and Transparency Act of 2015
In an effort to stop the political tricks that voters of California hoped to avoid when they approved Proposition 25 (2010), Senate Republicans introduced a Senate Constitutional Amendment (SCA 10) known as

Bills Sent To Gov. Brown Would Create New Felonies, Putting More In Prison
Seven months after California reduced prison crowding to a level accepted by federal courts, lawmakers have sent Gov. Jerry Brown proposals that would create new felony crimes for which people could be locked up.

CpUC Reform Bills Sent To Governor |
One bill bans private communications between utility executives and state regulators during proceedings to set utility rates. Another allows parties to sue the commission in Superior Court when regulators do not respond to public-records requests or they are accused of violating the state open-meetings law.

Lawmakers Send Jerry Brown Scaled-back Climate Change Measure | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Bill requires more electricity from renewable sources

California Senate Sends 'right To Die' Bill To Gov. Jerry Brown
Tracy Seipel @
"Californians by an overwhelming majority -- across all groups, religious, ethnic, geographic, no matter what age or gender -- Californians want us, the Legislature, to act to eliminate the needless pain and prolonged suffering of those who are dying,'' Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, told her Senate colleagues Friday.

Legislature Sends Marijuana Regulations To Gov. Brown
California lawmakers on Friday passed wide-ranging proposals for regulating the medical marijuana industry, which would lay groundwork for state control of the cultivation and sale of cannabis in the event that voters legalize recreational use of the drug next year.

Senator Anderson issues statement on MCO tax
In regards to the statement of California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana S. Dooley on the Managed Care Organization Tax, Senator Joel Anderson issued the following statement:

California Senate Overnight Drivers Still On Payroll | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Employees reassigned to other duties after formal end of ride service for senators

After Billing Confusion, L.A. County Says Its Water Use Decreased 7.4%
Bureaucrats scrambled earlier this month when a report appeared to show that Los Angeles County government had increased its water use at a time when residents and businesses across California were cutting back due to the ongoing drought.

Outspoken California Tax Agency Tech Director Resigns | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Board chairman suggested diminished role after Steen criticized state IT oversight

Negotiations To Tax Health Plans Falter On The Legislature's Final Day
An effort to craft a new tax on health plans to stave off a looming plunge in federal funding for Medi-Cal has stalled, the Brown administration said Friday.

Unpaid Family Leave Expansion Advances To Jerry Brown | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Workers could take time off to care for more sick family members

Sacramento Honors Its Hometown Heroes - Sfgate
Sacramento BLue Star Moms joined in on the parade as Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, are honored with the Sacramento Hometown Heroes Parade through downtown on Fri. September 11, 2015. The three childhood friends who on Aug. 21 foiled a potential massacre on a Paris-bound train when they tackled and beat unconscious a man armed with an automatic rifle.

Senator Stone opposes a tax increase on hard working Californians
Senator Stone opposed AB 908, a tax increase on hard working Californians

Oakland demonstrators march against law-enforcement exercises
Dressed in fake police uniforms, banging drums and chanting antiviolence slogans, a diverse group of roughly 100 protesters took over an intersection near Lake Merritt in Oakland on Friday afternoon to demand an end to Urban Shield, a multiday law enforcement and first-responder training exercise taking place in the Bay Area over the weekend. Among their demands, the protesters called for the funds spent on the exercise, which are provided by the federal government through the Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative, to be invested in programs that benefit their communities. [...] in its ninth year, the expo is billed as a series of comprehensive training events, which brings together dozens of local, national and international law enforcement organizations for a “full-scale regional preparedness exercise.” Critics, however, see the event, which features a weapons expo, as a way for an already militarized police force to further use weapons and technology originally intended for war. Omar Ali, with the Arab Resource & Organizing Center of San Francisco, said that many of the scenarios are based on threats of a terrorist attack, which is of particular concern to him as a man of Middle Eastern descent.

U.S. Ready To Resolve Westlands Water Dispute In San Joaquin Valley
The federal government is poised to sign a settlement with the Westlands Water District that would resolve a decades-long legal fight over badly drained, tainted farmland on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.

When Time Runs Short In Sacramento, Proposed Laws Appear In A Flash
“Gut-and-amend bills are tantamount to ‘bait-and-switch schemes,” said Kathay Feng, executive director of California Common Cause, a nonprofit government watchdog group.

Number Of California Lobbyists Grows Over Past Decade | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
Final days of session were busy for legislative advocates

California Lawmakers Approve Medical Pot Regulations Plan
The state Legislature late Friday approved a comprehensive plan to license and regulate the growth, shipping and sale of medical marijuana in California, with lawmakers hoping it will bring order to what has been a chaotic industry.

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California Lawmakers Approve Legislation To Combat Wage Theft
The California Senate this week passed legislation that would give state authorities greater power to collect back wages for employees who were cheated out of pay and overtime.

First Draft: Rick Perry Quits Presidential Campaign
The former Texas governor, trailing in the polls and short of cash, is suspending his campaign for president.

Fallout From Sb 350 Change :: Fox&hounds
Meanwhile, one of the most noticeable proponents of SB 350, billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, was mostly invisible after the measure was amended. Steyer, who stood with Sen. de Leon when the bill was introduced seven months ago, simply put out a short release praising the pieces of the measure that remained in SB 350 and said more work must be done.