SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - In a final flurry of action, state lawmakers approved bills to boost California's minimum wage, grant driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally and address the state's overcrowded prisons.
Many of the bills that survived the Legislature this year were big wins for Democrats on long-sought issues. They also were among Gov. Jerry Brown's top priorities after clearing California's budget hurdle and restructuring the school-finance system.
Several of the bills receiving the most attention were sought by the most liberal constituents of the Democratic Party. That includes AB60, which allows immigrants in the country illegally to apply for California driver's licenses. Another, AB10, would boost the state's $8-an-hour minimum wage to $10 by 2016.
Yet Brown did not get the comprehensive reforms he sought to California's landmark environmental-protection law.