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In Sacramento, there’s lobbying and log-rolling in the crowded halls of the Capitol and at restaurants and watering holes in surrounding neighborhoods. Now it’s all coming to a head in the chambers of the Assembly and Senate as another legislative session moves toward adjournment at the end of this week. “Business as usual” means a lot of high-profile measures have been put off until the last minute. We’ll hear what’s happening to guns, gambling, plastic bags and tax credits to keep both movies and TV production in California. Will there be any significant new laws to deal with the drought?

Banner Image: California State Capitol Building in Sacramento; Credit: Suvicce

Producers:
Claire Martin

Which Bills Passed, Which Didn’t and What’s Still to Come 6 MIN, 54 SEC

The latest two-year legislative session is scheduled to end this week. Senators, Assembly members and Governor Brown are all looking ahead to the November election. One veteran observer says most of what he calls “big public policy issues have given way to conflicts among moneyed interests.” He’s Dan Walters, syndicated columnist with the Sacramento Bee.

Guests:
Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee (@WaltersBee)

Governor Brown Agrees to Increased Tax Film Credit 9 MIN, 57 SEC

So what about what’s called “runaway production” and the push for tax credits to keep movies and TV in California? Ted Johnson is Senior Editor at Variety, and Joseph Henchman is vice president of the Tax Foundation.

Guests:
Ted Johnson, Variety (@tedstew )
Joseph Henchman, Tax Foundation (@jdhenchman)

Gun Laws Inspired by Isla Vista Shooting 6 MIN, 38 SEC

There’s almost no public issue as controversial as gun control—and every high-profile shooting brings out both sides. Last year’s mass shooting in Isla Vista is the latest example in California. Timm Herdt is State Bureau Chief for the Ventura County Star.

Guests:
Timm Herdt, Ventura County Star

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