Gov. Jerry Brown has until Oct. 13 to act on approximately 560 bills currently on his desk or on their way, a small figure considering the Legislature introduced 2,500 measures this year.
While he has indicated a preference on some controversial proposals, the fate of many bills remains unclear. The tally to date has Brown signing 327 bills and vetoing five.
Here’s a look at some of the bills he’s considering:
Analysis: Under the bill, possession of cocaine, heroin and other specified drugs, which currently are felonies, would join methamphetamine, Ecstasy or hashish as “wobblers” -- misdemeanors or felonies depending on the circumstances. Supporters say it reduces recidivism by eliminating some employment barriers that stem from a felony record. The California District Attorneys Association opposes the bill, saying reducing sentences for addictive drugs helps no one.
Analysis: Under the bill, nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physician assistants would be allowed to perform the procedure during the first trimester of pregnancy. Democrats argued that the bill addresses the shortage of abortion providers, which forces women to drive for hours for the procedure. Republicans argued that the bill lowers the standards of care and puts women at risk.