Legislative Report December 2008
by Rick Rollens – Consultant for CALBIA
The 2009-2010 California Legislative Session began in early December to swear in the new members elected in November, organize the Assembly and Senate and elect it’s leaders, and most importantly, to try and tackle the monstrous and ever growing State Budget Deficit.
Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) was elected President Pro-Tem of the Senate and is expected to hold that position for the next six years. Senator Steinberg is a good friend of CALBIA’s, and in January, Mark Ashley and I will be meeting with the Senator to discuss CALBIA’s Legislative Initiatives as well as hearing Senator Steinberg’s views on opportunities and obstacles facing our efforts this Legislative Session.
As long as the Budget Deficit continues, and grows at a rate of least $50 million a day, the Capitol will be consumed and preoccupied with finding a solution to California’s most serious Budget crisis in it’s history. Many social service and health services programs have been hit hard with Budget reductions with more reductions and restructuring to come. We will continue to be very engaged in our efforts to work to protect those vital services that persons with brain injury rely on.