Legislators Tackle Bills, Struggle With Big Items, As Clock Ticks In Sacramento

By John Myers and Marisa Lagos

Legislators dealt at least a temporary blow on Tuesday to extending and expanding California’s landmark climate change law, as they counted down the final hours of their 2015 session.

Tuesday’s floor debates in the state Assembly and Senate saw action on several bills of note. Lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn for the year on Friday.

Led by a group of reluctant Democrats, the Assembly rejected Senate Bill 32, the effort by state Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) to expand her landmark 2006 law.

The bill would mandate a cut in greenhouse gas levels of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent by the year 2050. A group of Democrats and environmental justice groups rallied at an event in support of the bill Tuesday morning. But none of that convinced as many as a dozen Democratic Assembly members who did not vote for the bill later in the afternoon.

Pavley, in a written statement, said that the vote came “while many members were not on the floor and before several had a chance to review the recent amendments.” She vowed to bring it back up for another vote before the end of the week.

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