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Legislature ready for post-recess sprint

Sweeping environmental legislation, a package of prison-reform measures, a
minimum-wage hike and a bill that would allow telephone companies into the
cable-television business are among the items awaiting lawmakers when they
return from their summer recess next month.

There is also legislation that would give the mayor of Los Angeles more
control over the city’s public schools, would crack down on sex offenders,
would give California’s Electoral College votes to the winner of the
presidential popular vote, would restrict the chaining of dogs, and would
mandate inclusion of gay leaders in history books.

And of course, there’s the ever-present rumor of some kind of term-limits
extension or modification, mixed in with changes in the way the state draws
legislative districts, though that seems increasingly less likely, as do a
series of targeted tax breaks that were discussed during last month’s budget
negotiations.

Legislative sources say Speaker Fabian N

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