California legislature returns amid homeless, climate crisis

California lawmakers have returned to work to tackle a daunting list of challenges. The state legislature convened on Monday for the second year of a two-year session.

Posted: Jan 7, 2020 10:49 AM
Updated: Jan 7, 2020 10:52 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California lawmakers have returned to work to tackle a daunting list of challenges. The state legislature convened on Monday for the second year of a two-year session. The nation's most populous state is facing a housing crisis and a growing homeless population.

Members of the state Assembly's Democratic majority kicked off the session by announcing California's version of the “Green New Deal.” It's an ambitious climate proposal that could impose new rules to reduce emissions from cars and trucks.

California Assembly Member, Rob Bonta, said the bill will boldly address the impacts of climate change and issues of equity throughout the state.

"This is not something we just decided to do," Bonta said. "This is something that science is telling us we have to do. This is something that we must do to address the problem that's right in front of our eyes. So we know it's the right thing to do and we're committed to it. But we know it's big. And when it's this big, it's also tough."

Bonta was joined in the announcement by a group of other Democratic Assembly Members.

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