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SB 1190 died on the Senate floor, weighed down by a flurry of amendments over the past couple of weeks. Technically, SB 1190 is now a two-year bill, but two-year bills, which need to be acted on by the Legislature by the end of February the year after the bill was introduced, don't have the best track record in terms of passage. Usually, two-year bills are viewed by many lawmakers as damaged goods, but the bill could be re-introduced next year with a different number. More information on these and other bills (history, current status, staff analyses and text of the bill with tracked changes) is available at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/. Click on "Bill Information", then type the bill number or author in the search window.
Now the focus is on SB 1190 (Jackson), which has taken some significant amendments and currently sits in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. I'm hearing the bill yesterday was postponed. Next weekend is the last week of this legislative session and it is anticipated that SB 1190 will be heard Monday or Tuesday next week. Amendments have been taken that create a significant physical impact, so if the bill eventually passes, there's a good chance that Governor will veto it. Basically, the amendment required the commission to develop a fairly expensive phone and Internet access system for the public. For information about the new amendments and the status of the bill, go to www.leginfo.ca.gov and enter the bill number in the search window. Or, contact Jennifer Galehouse, who wrote the most recent (August 24) staff analysis for the Assembly Appropriations Committee.