California lawmakers are voting on hundreds of bills this week as the legislative season ends on Friday.
Some of the state’s most widely-discussed bills must jump through their last hurdles, which have included input from Santa Clarita’s elected officials, and still await Governor Jerry Brown’s signature.
California could become a sanctuary state after Governor Brown negotiated with Senate leader Kevin De León’s (D-Los Angeles) on changes to his Senate Bill 54.
Under the legislation, California will not help federal agents deport people who are undocumented. With the input of Brown, the bill agrees that California will deport violent felons and criminals who do not have documentation.
On the Senate floor, Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) voted yes and Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) voted no on the bill.
When it went to the Assembly Public Safety Committee, Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) voted no.
The bill still must go to the Assembly floor, where both Lackey and Assemblyman Dante Acosta (R-Santa Clarita) will vote on it.
If it passes the Assembly, SB 54 will go to the governor’s desk for final approval.
Seeking transparency on state ballot measures, Assembly Bill 249 would require large donors of TV, radio, online and print advertisements to be disclosed and clearly spelled out.
This bill has gotten unanimous yes votes from Santa Clarita Valley elected officials.
Acosta and Lackey voted in favor on the Assembly floor and Wilk voted yes on the Senate floor.
Stern, who serves as a principal coauthor on the bill, voted in its favor in the Senate Elections and Constitutional…
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