What bills are under consideration in California?
September 8, 2015
California lawmakers have just four days left in this year’s regular session, and more than 300 bills are awaiting action. [LA Times]
Bills under consideration include proposals to fight climate change, legalize assisted suicide and increase tobacco and medical marijuana regulations. Also, special sessions on healthcare and transportation could extend beyond Friday, but leading lawmakers have said they want to finish their work this week.
There is currently heated debate over a bill that would require California to cut in half the use of gasoline to fuel cars within 15 years. The measure has passed the Senate, but it is facing opposition in the Assembly, and oil companies are strongly opposed.
An Assembly vote on an assisted suicide bill could occur as early as Tuesday. The bill would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients.
There is a package of six bills with proposed tobacco regulations. One of those bills would increase the smoking age to 21.
Another bill would ban e-cigarettes in public places, including restaurants. There is also a proposal to raise the tobacco tax to $2 per pack in order to fund expanded healthcare for the poor.
On the issue of medical marijuana, Governor Jerry Brown has been working with legislators to create a statewide plan for regulating medical cannabis. A proposed bill would allow dual licensing of dispensaries by cities and the state, and it would permit municipalities to revoke licenses.