Ethnic tension put aside
for a space flight tax break
Four days after Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi saw a bill go down in an apparent act of political retaliation, the Torrance Democrat was working the Senate floor Thursday to guard against a repeat.
The showdown Monday revealed a racial split among Assembly Democrats that germinated weeks ago when several Latino and African American lawmakers were upset their Asian American colleagues had decided not to support a bill seeking to overhaul California’s ban on racial preferences in college admissions. So, when Muratsuchi, who is Asian American, brought his AB 2013 – a measure on HOV lanes – to the Assembly floor Monday, 15 members of the black and Latino caucuses abstained, dooming the bill.
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On Thursday, Muratsuchi arrived with his vote-counting card in hand, looking for support for his AB 777, which gives tax breaks to commercial space flight businesses. This one also required two-thirds approval, but was popular with Republicans.
In the end, the bill passed handily out of the Senate on a 32-2 vote, garnering “ayes” from both Latino Caucus chairman Sen. Ricardo Lara and Black Caucus chairwoman Sen. Holly Mitchell.
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