A progress report on the bills introduced by our state legislators

10/05/2013 12:00 AM

10/05/2013 11:45 PM

In March, we presented on this page a recap of the legislation proposed by our region’s state legislators. Today, we provide an update on what happened to those bills.

You’ll note that a few remain on the governor’s desk for signature or veto. Jerry Brown has until next Sunday to act on the bills that were passed by the Legislature. In most cases, bills signed into law go into effect in January or next July.

This graphic does not include bills for which our legislators were co-authors. Assemblyman Adam Gray, for instance, was heavily involved in SB 4, the new regulations on fracking, which the governor signed last month.

Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, was a co-author of SB 7, the controversial bill that would deny state construction funding – including state bond money, loans or grants – to any city whose voters have approved charter provisions that exempt contractors from paying prevailing wages for locally funded projects. It passed the Legislature, but the governor had not acted on it as of Thursday afternoon.

Some proposals become multiyear projects for the legislators. This is the first year of the two-year session, so legislators can carry over bills that didn’t progress. They become two-year bills.

Some proposals last through more than one session. Cannella has been pushing for several years to allow large hydro projects to be counted as renewable energy in the state’s mandate for utilities to get one-third of their electricity from renewable sources. This year, he finally succeeded with SB 591, which will only affect and benefit the Merced Irrigation District and its power customers. Gray, who also represents Merced County, was the co-author. The governor signed this bill.

To learn more about specific bills and votes on them, go to California State Senate website and search bill information by number or topic.

The Legislature is adjourned until Jan. 6.

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