With Skip Daum
The Super Bowl Circus of all time was had on a full moon evening Friday the 13th in the State Capitol. With hours to go before the deadline to recess until January around 1,000 bills either moved ahead, were held over until January when session resumes, or were killed. Amidst the chaos were hundreds of lobbyists and a larger mob of anti-vaccine protestors who disrupted floor proceedings in both the Senate and Assembly. One tossed a bag of blood onto the Senate floor from the visitors gallery as she screamed something like "this is from the dead babies".
Senators evacuated the floor and resumed work in a large committee room until 3:15 a.m. Also among the throng of opponents to the vaccine bill were Uber and Lyft drivers protesting AB 5 which would make them employees instead of independent contractors. (That bill exempts licensed contractors, and several other "carve outs" were amended into the measure.) Other bills regard the environment, pushing back on President Trump's regulatory changes, police restraint, affordable housing and local housing density reforms, retentions, and dispute resolution.
ASAC's bill, AB 1736, was adroitly maneuvered amidst this frenzy and is now sitting on the Governor's desk; he'll act on it within the month. It requires local agencies to develop prompt notification processes so you can be promptly informed about whose bid was deemed lowest. (See attached letter to the governor.) More on all these measures in a week... time for a coffee break.
ASAC AB1736 letter to Governor
Legislative Bill Status Report
American Subcontractors Ass'n. - CA