California lawmakers have numerous debatable bills to decide on
California lawmakers will have a number of debatable bills before them when they will return to work on Monday following their summer break.
One of the measures would require all smartphones sold in the state to come equipped with anti-theft technology, while other measure would require employers to guarantee all workers at least three days of paid sick leave per annum.
Supporters of the Senate Bill 926, which would require all smartphones manufactured after July 1, 2015, to come equipped with a "kill switch" that could disable a lost/stolen phone remotely, say the feature is needed because more than 50 per cent of all robberies in San Francisco and Oakland involve smartphone snatching. In many cases, snatchers turn violent.
One of the many other measures seeks to put a ban on use of plastic grocery bags. The state lawmakers also must hit a new deal on a new water bond by the end of this month if they want to replace the $11 billion bond sale plan that is currently scheduled to appear on the November ballot. A recently conducted poll indicated that voters could reject the bond if its cost is not decreased.
All of the above mentioned measures/bills drew severe opposition when they were introduced earlier this year. As not deal has so far been reached on those bills, their fate remains uncertain.
In total, legislators will have to take action on more than 1,000 measures/bills within four weeks. Deals hit on many of the bills before the summer break will make the workload manageable.
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