A new law gives South Pasadena greater sway in the controversial Long Beach (710) Freeway extension debate. Another that bans minors from ultraviolet tanning beds will surely impact local salons. And opponents of a Walmart in Burbank won’t be able to rely on an economic impact report for big-box stores after the bill calling for such EIRs was vetoed in Sacramento.
Every one of Sen. Carol Liu’s bills — mostly affecting the rights of disabled children and low-income households — made it past the governor’s desk this past session.
The flurry of bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in recent days will have far-reaching impacts for years to come — a pointed reminder that amid all the hoopla over the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations and other news clutter, local lawmakers are busy in Sacramento crafting the future of our region.