There are a lot of ways to describe the CA legislature, many of them not so nice. But you can't call Golden State lawmakers lazy. A new report by the National Conference of State Legislatures says that of the nation's 81 most significant new state laws in 2012, the California Legislature is responsible for 27 of them, or exactly one third.
California edged out Illinois, which generated 26 of the noteworthy new laws, reports The Sacramento Bee. Among California measures cited by the NCSL were those that allow clergy members to refuse to perform same-sex marriages, prohibit prison workers from having sex with inmates, allow life-sentence offenders who were under 18 when they committed crimes to seek release, restrict picketing at funerals, protect breastfeeding rights, require car washes to recycle water, reform state pensions, and no longer require passengers in off-road vehicles to keep their feet flat on the floor.
All this legislative action came even before Democrats in 2012 won two-thirds majorities in the state Senate and Assembly. Combine that with a Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, and Republicans are mostly irrelevant in Sacramento.
Via The Sacramento Bee.