When a high-profile bill dies quietly at the State Capitol, it never happens on the Senate or Assembly floor. It happens in committee hearings - most frequently, the Appropriations Committee, which can kill a bill in mere seconds. Hearings in each chamber dealt with all sorts of measures, and here are some of the bills that are done for the year:
- A ban on certain gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers, such as pro sports tickets or spa treatments.
- The expansion of a ban on guns with detachable ammunition magazines.
- A bill that would allow sports betting in California.
- And a measure that would let an employee take unpaid time off to treat extended family members as well as immediate family.
Many other bills escaped their committee votes, including a hotly-contested bill that would ban dog hunts of bears and bobcats and a measure that would allow voter registration on Election Day.
Juveniles Could Get Shot at Parole After Key Legislative Vote
A controversial bill that's been stuck for more than a year has squeaked out of the California Assembly. The measure would give juveniles sentenced to life without parole the chance to request a parole hearing.
Six Democrats joined every Republican in opposing the bill … including GOP Assemblyman Donald Wagner:
Wagner: "This is breaking faith with every relative of a murdered victim who was told, don't worry, the killer will never see the light of day again."
Democrat Tom Ammiano disagrees:
Ammiano: "Over and over again, I see where where people are thrown away and left in the gutter because 'Once a criminal, always a criminal.' What happened to the idea of redemption?"
The measure passed the Assembly Thursday by a single vote. It faces one last vote in the Senate before it could head to Governor Jerry Brown.