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Mon Jul 17, 2017, 12:43 PM


Judgment day for California climate-change program

Source: San Jose Mercury News

PUBLISHED: July 17, 2017 at 7:26 am | UPDATED: July 17, 2017 at 8:06 am

SACRAMENTO — After weeks of closed-door talks and days of intense debate, a proposal to extend California’s signature program for regulating global-warming greenhouse gases through the end of 2030 finally faces a showdown today in both the Senate and the Assembly.

Gov. Jerry Brown, who has been making a name for himself as an international climate leader, is under tremendous pressure to pass this cap-and-trade deal — brokered by his office — over objections from some on left and the right. He has been fighting hard to win support for Assembly Bill 398, telling lawmakers last week that “This is the most important vote of your life.”

Brown needs a two-thirds vote in each house — the threshold required to pass new taxes — to ward off court challenges by those arguing it amounts to an illegal tax because it charges businesses to pollute. And with the absence this week of one Democratic lawmaker, he needs help from both sides of the aisle, despite the Democrats’ two-thirds supermajority in both houses.

Two weeks ago, proponents could have counted on two more votes. But former Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, was recently sworn into Congress, a vacant seat held by Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, will be away for a week-long absence approved in January, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Read more: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/17/judgment-day-for-california-climate-change-program/

Who on the left is opposing this???

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Mon Jul 17, 2017, 05:08 PM

1. Seems like they could argue it's a fine for polluting not a tax increase,

But not a lawyer.

And if it has to be passed right now or it dies, why not pass it with D majority votes, then do it again with the 2/3rds when the two Dem votes are back/filled.

Dems lawmakers still control our State, they should be able to finesse this, not be threatened with law suits, outplayed by the Repub minority.

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