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Legislature Moves San Diego Lawmakers’ Bills To Governor’s Desk

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Photo credit: Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown receives applause from lawmakers as he signs a measure to place a $7.5 billion water plan on the November ballot in Sacramento, August 13, 2014.

Paid sick leave and fire relief are among the bills local lawmakers authored that forward to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk the last week of the legislative session. Brown has until the end of the month to sign hundreds of bills.

Before California's legislative session came to a close Saturday, San Diego lawmakers pushed through a few bills last week to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.

They included:

  • AB 922 authored by Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, R-San Diego, would allow San Diego County residents who suffered damage to their homes during the May wildfires to claim a deduction on their previous year’s tax return.
  • Democratic San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez's sick leave legislation, AB 1522, which would require all employers provide at least three paid sick days per year. According to Capital Public Radio, Gonzalez added a last-minute exemption for 400,000 in-home support services workers. Brown is expected to sign it into law.
  • A bill introduced by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, would ensure a transgendered person’s identity is reflected on his or her death certificate.
  • Coming from the Senate, a bill authored by Democrat Marty Block would speed up the time it takes to get water quality results back. Earlier in August, Block’s bill that would allow community colleges to grant four-year degrees also moved on to Brown’s desk.
  • Republican Alpine Sen. Joel Anderson authored a resolution urging President Obama to speed up the refugee process for displaced Iraqi Christians. Also awaiting the governor's signature: A bill co-authored by Anderson that would ban the state from helping the federal government collect information on Californians without warrants.

Brown has until the end of September to sign hundreds of bills into law. Legislature is back in session in December. Until then, you’ll see many of the state's lawmakers on the campaign trail before election day Nov. 4.

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