n called the most civilized end-of-session in memory by some. Straight-up boring by others. Whatever your thoughts, the 2014 legislative session is winding to a close, with relatively little drama left in the closing hours.
Groundwater is still the big unknown, but a revised proposal is heading back for a floor vote after clearing the Appropriations committee last night. The split is still mostly but not entirely party-line, with some Central Valley Democrats still voicing concerns over the plan.
Meanwhile, the Legislature a proposed ban on single-use plastic bags cleared the Assembly on Thursday, three days after voting down the exact same bill.
Scott Detrow reports, “What had changed, however, was that a powerful union had shifted its stance on the measure. And when the bill was called to a vote several minutes later, it had picked up six additional Democratic votes – enough to pass. The legislation will likely see a final vote in the Senate on Friday.
“The bill’s brief death, swift resurrection and muddled reasons for renewed life are emblematic of the behind-the-scenes negotiations that dominate the final days of a legislative session.
“So what happened? California’s United Food and Commercial Workers Union had voiced “serious concerns” about the latest version of the bag ban before Monday’s initial Assembly vote. UFCW’s problem: Recent amendments allow stores to keep proceeds from the 10-cent fee charged for paper or reusable bags given to customers. In a letter to lawmakers, the union wrote it was worried the bill lacked a “serious enforcement mechanism” to make sure stores were spending the money properly.
But on Wednesday, the union was back to supporting the measure.”
Plastic bags would still likely be legal in the . . .