Friday, May 24, 2013
In the California legislature this is the last week for bills to either pass or fail in their House of Origin. With hundreds of bills to consider, it's going to be a busy week for lawmakers.
In lay terms, the "House of Origin" deadline means bills need to pass out of the house where they were originally introduced, either the Assembly or the Senate, by this Friday. Bills still in consideration include measures relating to guns, medical marijuana, minimum wage and many more.
Republican Assemblyman Don Wagner said he would have preferred some different bills make it to the floor of the Democratically controlled Assembly. Still, he said it's going to be a frantic week.
"I was told today there's something like 350 bills that we'll have to take up next week," said Wagner. "And unfortunately when you have that many bills, it's very hard to give them the consideration that they deserve on the floor. There just isn't time."
But Democratic Assemblywoman Toni Atkins said lawmakers have had time to learn about the bills through committee hearings. And she said some bills inevitably take on a high profile.
"The bills that are, maybe what you might perceive to be more controversial or harder, those are getting a lot of attention," said Atkins. "People know. People come in, stake holders, community groups, come in to tell us what they think of those. Not just in the Capitol, but in our district offices."
Atkins said lawmakers know what to expect and prepare for this time of year.