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That was fast.

I’m referring both to how quickly Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill that axes the so-called personal belief exemption for vaccines, and, unsurprisingly, how quickly vaccine opponents responded with an effort to kill the law.

Former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly filed the paperwork for a ballot measure aimed at overturning the law on Thursday.

Here are other odds and ends from the monumental bill:

• The Sacramento Bee recounted just how nasty this whole fight was – including Holocaust comparisons and nooses threatening a lawmaker.

• I still think the best moment that summarizes the vaccine debate happened in this committee hearing, when a critic of the new mandate started shouting over lawmakers and yelled out, “That is my child and HE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR CHILD.” (It starts here at about the 02:37:33 mark.)

• The Washington Post traces the vaccine debate back to the American Revolution.

• Jezebel has a solid roundup of all the celebrities who have spoken out against vaccines.

Congressional Lines Are Here to Stay

The Supreme Court this week upheld Arizona’s redistricting process, thereby saving California’s citizen redistricting commission.

Arizona lawmakers argued that allowing the people, not legislatures, to draw the lines for congressional districts violated the Constitution.

California Democrats had sided with the Arizona lawmakers, but still praised the decision.

“The decision also denies the Democratic-controlled Legislature a chance to redraw California’s congressional map to help secure incumbents who faced close elections last year,” a Republican redistricting consultant told the L.A. Times.

Republicans’ Roads Rage

One of Republicans’ biggest criticisms of the state budget recently signed into law was that it kicked the can down a potholed-filled road, so to speak. Meaning, it didn’t deal with infrastructure – and there’s a lot to deal with.

Our state budget failed to fund transportation. Since it hasn’t, we’re releasing our own proposal to fix our roads. –@KristinOlsenCA #caleg

— CA Assembly GOP (@AssemblyGOP) June 29, 2015

The GOP’s plan would eliminate jobs at CalTrans and permanently close other long-vacant state jobs. It would also put a $1 billion annual general fund commitment specifically for transportation in the state budget. The Union-Tribune’s Steven Greenhut has more on Republicans’ infrastructure priorities, and their worry that addressing infrastructure in a special session is just a sneaky way for Democrats to raise taxes. I guess that explains this:

Senate Republicans, in silent protest of extraordinary sessions, all refuse to vote on resolutions establishing committee assignments. — Alexei Koseff (@akoseff) June 29, 2015

Bag Ladies

Straight from the runways of Sacramento, legislators are modeling the latest in cloth-bag fashions in an effort to promote the plastic bag ban, which was signed into law but forced to a referendum in 2016.

Double trouble. I’ll remember to bring these reusable bags to the store. Show me your bag! #MyBag #PlasticBagBan pic.twitter.com/Vj1mA98Han

— Toni G. Atkins (@toniatkins) June 30, 2015

#MyBag cuts down on flimsy disposable plastic bags that litter our communities. I take it everywhere. What does your reusable bag look like?

— Asm. Shirley Weber (@AsmShirleyWeber) June 30, 2015

Gonzalez’s Hat Trick

The vaccine bill was a big win for Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who was a principal co-author of the bill. But she had a couple other big victories this week. Paid sick leave took effect July 1. Thanks to a bill she wrote and passed last year, California is the first state to offer paid sick leave to all private-sector workers. (Other states have some carve-outs for small businesses.) And, her bill offering certain workplace to NFL cheerleaders passed the Legislature this week, and is a governor’s signature away from becoming law. She doesn’t disagree:

Best. Week. Yet. https://t.co/IdrSzb2vk1

— Lorena Gonzalez (@LorenaSGonzalez) June 30, 2015

Golden State News

 Former Sen. Leland Yee pleads guilty to racketeering. (Reuters)

 Rocky Chavez: Not a fan of Donald Trump. (Union-Tribune)

 In the Advocate, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins explains what motivated her to write a bill that “clarifies legal procedure to ensure that identities of transgender individuals are properly reflected on death certificates.”

 The L.A. Times editorial board expresses frustration that a cap on schools’ reserve funds is still in place though there’s wide consensus it should go.

Sara Libby

Sara Libby was VOSD’s managing editor until 2021. She oversaw VOSD’s newsroom and content.

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