Governor to call emergency session
January 5, 2010
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to call the state Legislature into emergency session to deal with a nearly $6.3 billion budget gap in the current fiscal year. The emergency declaration, authorized by the voters under Prop 58, requires lawmakers to act within 45 days on the governor’s proposals, or pass their own financial package. [Capitol Weekly]
Gov. Schwarzenegger is expected to outline his economic proposals this week. He is also expected to present his budget for the 2011-2011 fiscal year.
At the same time, lawmakers must confront the nomination of state Senator Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) to be lieutenant governor. Maldonado will automatically assume office Feb. 22, unless he is rejected by either the Senate or the Assembly. Many Democrats want the budget vote before deciding Maldonado’s fate.