The Legislature and Governor have completed their work on legislation for the 2013-14 session. August 31 was the last day for the Legislature to pass bills to the Governor, at which time they adjourned for final recess. The Governor had until September 30 to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature at the end of August. The 2015-16 session will convene on December 1, 2014, with the new Senators and Assembly Members elected in November.
The Legislature just passed a very important deadline: May 2 was the last day for policy committees to hear bills with fiscal implications. Most bills are now pending in the Appropriations Committee in their house of origin and must be passed out of this committee by May 23. Bills are then considered by the full Senate or Assembly and must be passed out of their original house by May 30.
Below is an update on a number of priority bills for which C.A.S.H. has taken a position or that staff is actively monitoring. Note that when bills are heard in the Appropriations Committee, the Committee will often defer action, sending bills to the “suspense file.” This is a mechanism whereby each house collects and prioritizes bills with state fiscal implications, acting upon them at a later date.