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The California State Senate and Assembly will vote up or down on more than 500 bills before the legislative session ends on Thursday, as Democrats make deals with Governor Schwarzenegger on cell phones, flood control and the minimum wage.  The mayor of Los Angeles will also be getting his way in Sacramento.

Producers:
Frances Anderton

Main Topic Capitol Chaos 30 MIN

A lot of Democrats who had reservations held their noses today as the State Senate passed Mayor Villaraigosa's proposal for partial takeover of LA schools. Next up is the Assembly, which is likely to go along, too. But that's just part of the madness that reigns in the last week of this legislative session with 500 bills to be acted on--some of them really important--between now and adjournment on Thursday. We'll look at how chaos becomes business as usual at the send of a legislative session and how bills passed by several committees are completely transformed and still get votes from legislators who've never read them.

Guests:
Brian Joseph, Capitol Correspondent, Orange County Register
Frank Russo, Publisher, California Progress Report
Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee (@WaltersBee)
Dan Schnur, USC Unruh Institute of Politics (@danschnur)
Raphael Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles (@SonensheinPBI)

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