Sacramento Watch: Dems Plan To Test New Gubernatorial Waters By Resurrecting Bills Vetoed By Outgoing Governor
Sponsors of the legislative initiatives, which run the gamut of exempting the cost of diapers from taxation to providing health care for undocumented immigrants, hope the newly elected Gavin Newsom will by more supportive. In addition, an aide to Sen. Kamala Harris of California resigned after the state settled a sexual harassment claim against him. The alleged issue took place while Harris was in charge of the California Department of Justice.
The Desert Sun:
California Democrats Introduce Costly, Progressive Bills Post-Midterms
From exempting diapers from taxation to providing undocumented immigrants healthcare, Democratic lawmakers want to give bills previously vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown another try, hoping they’ll find a more sympathetic audience in incoming Governor Gavin Newsom. In total, legislators proposed more than $40 billion in new spending, which includes increasing the state’s K-12 education budget by $35 billion. Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, said the new policies Democratic legislators have introduced—including expanding access to early childhood education, healthcare and housing—could all have a profound effect on the Coachella Valley. (Metz, 12/6)
San Francisco Chronicle:
Kamala Harris Aide Resigns After Sexual Harassment Settlement Surfaces
A senior aide to Sen. Kamala Harris of California has resigned after it was reported that the state paid $400,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him for his alleged conduct at the California Department of Justice while Harris ran the agency. Harris denied knowing about the alleged harassment or settlement until this week. (Kopan, 12/6)