If passed in February, Prop 93 would change the state’s term limit law to allow state legislators to serve 12 years in either the Assembly or Senate instead of the 6 years in Assembly and 8 years in Senate under current law. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and Senate President Pro-tem Don Perata support 93, as they would be allowed to serve more time in Sacramento. However, many Democrats oppose 93 because it does not include redistricting reform that was originally promised to go with term limits reform, as well as because it would reward ineffective legislators with more time and power. The committee decided to support 93.
Next up were the tribal gaming compacts allowing casino expansion for the “Big Four” tribes in the gambling business. These four tribes (Pechanga, Morongo, Sychuan, Agua Caliente) support a neutral position. However many labor unions oppose these compacts, as they don’t see good labor protections and rights to organize in the proposed compacts. The committee approved a neutral position on these compacts.
Now, the committee is finished with initiatives. They are now voting down a resolution that would have condemned spaying and neutering pets. Stay tuned here at The Liberal OC as we keep an eye on the resolutions.
I’ll let you know when we get to the Censure Feinstein Resolution.