Day Seven: Fiscal Year 2009-2010
4:57 PM, Pacific Standard Time
No deal yet on how to close an estimated $26 billion hole in the budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.
The governor left the Capitol a little before 1 pm, presumably to eat lunch.
Hearings were held by the Legislature’s policy committees.
Among the measures scheduled to be heard was creation of a California Blueberry Commission – AB 606 by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, a San Francisco Democrat.
The commission, paid for by contributions from blueberry growers, would tout blueberries much as the avocado commission touts avocados and the dried plum commission pitches prunes, starting by renaming them dried plums. .
Elsewhere, Assemblywoman Noreen Evans, the Santa Rosa Democrat who chairs the lower house’s budget committee, is carrying a bill to change the definition of honey.
Honey is currently defined as the “nectar of floral exudations of plants gathered and stored in the comb of honeybees that contains not more that 20 percent water, not more than 25 one hundredths of 1 percent of ash, not more than 8 percent sucrose, a specific gravity not less than 1,412, and weight not less than 11 pounds, 12 ounces per gallon of 231 cubic inches at 68 degrees Fahrenheit.”
Evans would simplify the definition of honey somewhat to: “a natural sweet substance produced by honeybees from nectar of plants from secretions of living parts of plants, which they transform by combining with specific substances of their own, deposit, dehydrate, store, and leave in the honeycomb to ripen and mature.”
The California Beekeepers Association sponsors Evans’ measure, AB 1216. The Apiary Board, established in 1972 to advise the California Department of Food and Agriculture on the beekeeping industry, has no position.
Capitol Weekly also highlighted a measure slated for hearing on July 7 to impose strict rules on what constitutes pure pomegranate juice, rules sought by the largest produced and distributor of it. The bill is SB 190 by Sen. Rod Wright, a Los Angeles Democrat.
“Wanted to be sure you saw what the Legislature is focused on today,” said Aaron McLear, the governor’s press secretary, in an e-mail forwarding the pomegranate juice bill story.
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