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Governor signs four bills authored by Strickland

Posted: October 13, 2009 5:16 p.m.
Updated: October 13, 2009 4:55 p.m.
Sacramento-- Yesterday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bills 37, 619, 739, and 744, authored by State Senator Tony Strickland (R-Thousand Oaks).

Senate Bill 37 requires state agencies to provide electronic pay stubs to employees who participate in the direct deposit program. SB 37, supported by the Sierra Club, can save the state as much as $3.7 million dollars annually by cutting printing costs. This law will be contingent upon the funding of the State Controller's 21st century project.

Senate Bill 619 authorizes California to provide subvention funds to Santa Barbara County for the Lower Mission Creek flood control project. The flood control project has been an ongoing project for 15 years and is a joint effort between the city of Santa Barbara, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Santa Barbara County Flood Control and Water Conservation District.

This project will reduce flooding and the resulting property damage by widening the banks of the creek channel to increase water capacity. This law will take effect Jan. 1, 2010.

Senate Bill 739, political reform legislation, prohibits a spouse or domestic partner of an elected official or candidate from receiving compensation in connection with fundraising. This law will take effect Jan. 1, 2010.

Senate Bill 744, clinical laboratories legislation, adjusts the rate schedule for clinical laboratories. This law will take effect immediately.

"This has been a difficult legislative session for the state of California. While I am proud to announce the Governor recently signed four more of my bills into law, deep frustrations still exist because we have yet to accomplish a fundamental fix to our budget problem and cut additional wasteful government spending. As California's unemployment rate tops 12.2 percent, job growth should be our number one priority in California,"  Senator Strickland said.

Senator Strickland continued, "While I look forward to spending some much needed time in my district with constituents over the next few months, I am eager to be called back to Sacramento for a special session so we can work on a water solution and restructuring our broken tax system to fix California's ongoing budget problem."


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