This month held several key deadlines; most importantly it held the house of origin deadline and the deadline for the Legislature to pass a budget. In order for legislators to keep their bills moving through the legislative process they had to get them through their respective houses of origin by June 19 in the Assembly and June 26 in the Senate. The Legislature also met the June 15 deadline sending Gov. Gavin Newsom an on-time budget. Since passing the budget, the Legislature has sent the Governor numerous budget trailer bills based on negotiations between the Legislature and Governor. The Governor signed the budget and several trailer bills on June 29. The League’s full analysis of the budget and the budget trailer bills can be found here
Even though the Assembly went into recess on June 19, it made a brief return last week to vote on budget trailer bills and constitutional amendments. The Senate will start its recess on July 2. The Assembly and the Senate’s summer recess schedules are different in order to realign their calendar, which was disrupted by a COVID-19 related recess which ran from March 20 to May 4 in the Assembly and to May 11 in the Senate.
Once both houses are back on July 13, their schedules will be aligned and legislators will have until Aug. 31 to pass any pending legislation. This final stretch will be the last opportunity for cities to weigh in on legislation for this year. The League has created a Priority Bills List that compiles the remaining bills that cities should be aware of and consider taking action on.
Priority Bill List
The Assembly Legislative Calendar
The Senate Legislative Calendar