A spirited debate proceeded the vote with Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) presiding over the floor. Initially AB 93 didn’t receive enough support to meet its two-thirds (54) vote requirement. It was placed on call while Assembly Republicans caucused. A second vote ended with the same result. Finally on the third try, 54 members voted in favor of AB 93 and the Speaker closed the roll and declared the bill approved. AB 93 now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown for signature, which is highly anticipated given the Governor’s previous calls to eliminate the program.
For more information on EZs and AB 93, please see “Enterprise Zone Elimination Bill Passes Senate Floor, Returns to Assembly
,” CA Cities Advocate
, June 26, 2013.