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California: Regular Session Concludes
September 18, 2017

Lawmakers adjourned the 2017 regular session early Saturday morning, after approving measures to dampen communication between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities (commonly called the “sanctuary state” bill), to combat the current housing crisis, and to extend the environmental cap-and-trade law to 2030. Legislators also approved a new annual vehicle fee, a state fuel tax increase, and a $183.2 billion state budget that increases funding to several government programs.

As the regular session ended, lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on legislation to push back high school start times or new rules governing the release of police body camera video to the public. Governor Jerry Brown (D), who does not possess a pocket veto, has until October 15 to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

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