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SB595 by state Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, will ask vot­ers to de­cide whether to raise bridge tolls to pay for more than 30 road projects that would re­duce traf­fic on the Bay Area’s heav­ily trav­eled roads, in­clud­ing ex­tend­ing and im­prov­ing BART and widen­ing free­ways. Vot­ers in the nine-county Bay Area would be asked to in­crease bridge tolls by up to $3.

The bill also would al­low Bay Area vot­ers to de­cide whether BART should have an in­de­pen­dent in­spec­tor gen­eral to re­view spend­ing, in­ves­ti­gate waste and pro­pose changes for bet­ter ser­vice. That pro­vi­sion was pushed by state Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, a long­time critic of BART. The in­spec­tor gen­eral ap­pli­cants would be nar­rowed to three finalists nom­i­nated by the BART board, with the fi­nal se­lec­tion made by the gover­nor.

SB568 by state Sen. Ri­cardo Lara, D-Bell Gar­dens (Los An­ge­les County), would move Cal­i­for­nia’s pres­i­den­tial pri­mary up to make the state more rel­e­vant in elec­tions. Un­der the bill, the pri­mary in pres­i­den­tial elec­tion years would move from June to March.

SB149 by state Sens. Mike McGuire, D-Healds­burg, and Scott Wiener, D-San Fran­cisco, would re­quire can­di­dates for pres­i­dent to re­lease five years of tax re­turns be­fore be­ing placed on the Cal­i­for­nia bal­lot.

SB5 by state Senate Pres­i­dent Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los An­ge­les, would ask vot­ers next year to ap­prove a $4 bil­lion bond for wa­ter, flood and parks projects.

AB19 by Assem­bly­men Miguel San­ti­ago, D-Los An­ge­les; David Chiu, D-San Fran­cisco; and Kevin McCarty, D-Sacra­mento, would waive the $46-per-unit fee for full-time stu­dents in Cal­i­for­nia en­ter­ing their first year of com­mu­nity col­lege.

SB386 by Wiener would al­low many low-level sex of­fend­ers to pe­ti­tion to be re­moved from the registry 10 to 20 years af­ter they are re­leased from prison, as long as they have not com­mit­ted an­other se­ri­ous or vi­o­lent felony or sex crime. Brown is ex­pected to sign the bill.

SB63 by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jack­son, D-Santa Bar­bara, would al­low new moth­ers and fathers work­ing for busi­nesses with at least 20 em­ploy­ees to re­ceive 12 weeks of job-pro­tected parental leave. Com­pa­nies with 50 or more em­ploy­ees are al­ready re­quired to pro­vide 12 weeks of leave.

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