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Governor Considers Contentious Bills

Posted on Thursday, October 6, 2011 8:27am

With just four days to go before Sunday’s sign-or-veto deadline, California Governor Jerry Brown still has several controversial bills awaiting action on his desk.

The bill that might be attracting the most suspense would require all future ballot measures to go before voters in general elections, not primaries. That would likely give Democrats a more favorable voter base for future political battles at the polls.

There are bills that would allow things, like online voter registration in time for next year’s election and state financial aid for college students who are undocumented immigrants.

And there are bills that would ban things, like the sale or possession of shark fins, openly carrying a handgun in public, tanning bed use for minors, cell phones in prisons and grocery stores from selling alcohol in self-checkout lanes.

Most of those measures were passed by majority Democrats over strong Republican opposition.

In all, there are more than 300 bills still on the governor’s desk.

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