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y officials survey the damage after a tough mid-term elections, which left Republicans hold just seven of California’s 53 house seats; chief correspondent Jonathan Hunt reports.
The blue wave swept through California in the mid-term elections gave Democrats a two-thirds majority in both chambers of the Parliament-and that means virtually free rein to pursue the boundary-bump-liberal policy in the new year.
The state, which popularized the plastic straw bans, and played a crucial role in the push for the “sanctuary” policy for the protection of immigrants without valid identification papers can only be started first.
With tightened their grip on power in Sacramento, Democrats are on pace to 29 of the 40 seats in the Senate and 60 out of 80 in the state Assembly. With a Democratic Governor-elect, Gavin Newsom, the veto-proof majorities in the legislature may not be crucial in most of the questions. But she could not resist to pass all elements of the Newsom they might otherwise have.
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The legislature already are pushing a series of proposals in advance of the new session in January. Of tighter gun controls to affordable public housing measures, Democrats are readying a series of bills that before any meaningful resistance Republican minority exhausted, provided that the party remains united.
“The Republicans are politically less relevant in California than it has in years, and it is really up to the Democrats to decide, which role you play,” Zev Yaroslavsky, the Director of the Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, told Fox News. “But as long as the Democrats unified’t stay, you need the support of both parties.”
One of the pieces of legislation the Democrats are looking to quickly pass Assembly Bill 18, which provides for, among other things, a tax on sales of pistols and semi-automatic weapons, in order to generate funds for gun control programs.
The bill was sponsored by Democratic members Marc Levine, would implement “an excise tax on the sale of handguns and semi-automatic rifles” and then hand over the resulting income for the California violence Intervention and prevention Grant Program (CalVIP).
“California needs to strengthen the prevention of violence initiatives, so that they are compatible with our state of the tough gun laws, and as effective as violence-prevention programs from other States,” Levine said in a statement earlier this month.
California already has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country, and starting in 2019, Status-ammunition-dealer agrees to the protocols of all sales – including those of the balls. The state has already restricted online sales of balls, so that they are only delivered to licensed dealers and not someone’s home.
The gun-control has drawn up legislation severe criticism from gun-rights and hunting groups.
“While the legislation is a lack of details on how the actual proposal will look like, it is an expression of the intention of an additional tax on handguns and semi-automatic firearms, for distribution to various community-based intervention and prevention,” the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action said on its website. “Once again, the legislature saddled lawful gun owners with additional taxes and fees for the misdeeds of criminals.”
Along with weapons, California, Democrats are also crack down on the search on the rise of vaping or e-cigarette use among teens.
In November, six state senators, led by Democrat Jerry Hill introduced a bill to ban store sales of flavored E-cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products.
“We must stop the terrible epidemic of e-cigarette use by young people,” Hill said in a statement. “Lured by fruit, candy and other appealing flavors, high school and middle school students in the United States vaping are in record numbers.”
California Democratic super majority, the immigration debate of the new could take.
At the beginning of December, the Deputy Joaquin Arambula introduced legislation that undocumented immigrants over the age of 19 would enroll in the medical, the state’s low-income health-care program. Around 60 percent of the remaining 3 million uninsured Californians without papers, and projections set the price for the program, at approximately $ 3 billion per year.
While incoming Gov. Newsom sat down on the creation of a universal health care system in the state, it is unclear whether he would support Arambula measure, a large part of the state budget.
‘Republicans are politically less relevant in California than it has in years, and it is really up to the Democrats to decide, which role you play.’
— Zev Yaroslavsky, the Director of the Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
In addition to the immigration actions, California Democrats are looking to deal with the state’s mounting homelessness crisis and the problem of affordable housing.
Two of the measures to cope with problems try, have recently been introduced. It is led by state Sen. Scott Wiener would create a “right to shelter” for homeless people.
“California housing crisis, together with our mental health and addiction challenges, can drive people into homelessness, and we need to act,” Wiener said. “We must do more to ensure the homeless have access to shelter, as a way to help stabilize the lives of the people and to make the transition to permanent housing.”
Wiener also introduced laws giving the state more power over the decisions on land use and allows developers to bypass local low-density zoning restrictions, and building residential houses in a half – or quarter-mile of public transport and the proximity to the job Center.
While the two pieces of legislation that are meant to warn the containment of homelessness and the ease of the state of the real estate crisis, the Republicans and some analysts, that you also drain the state coffers ahead of a possible economic recession and put Newsom in a difficult Position during his first term in office.
“Hopefully there are enough adults to enforce in the legislature, some of the budgetary discipline,” Yaroslavsky said. “If the state is broke, it breaks no good, can do a program, and the legislature does not get the blame, it Newsom.”
Outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown, though, warned against assuming that the two-thirds majority will have a big impact. He argues that many of the Democrats who won were conservative-leaning, so that a two-thirds vote is difficult to cobble together most of your questions.
“I think the chances of that said, the legislature for a vote by two-thirds of new taxes are very, very limited and unlikely”, Brown-according to The Sacramento Bee.