In addition to just sheer volume of bills being considered, the craziness is compounded because there are negotiations and amendments flying on many bills, so its not just a simple “up or down” vote.

A key provision of the recently passed Proposition 54 was meant to specifically address this issue and make it easier to track changes, the so called “72 hour” rule, in which amendments are supposed to be in print 72 hours before a vote can be taken.  There has been some parsing of the meaning of the proposition and the two houses of the Legislature.

The California State Senate honored the rule, but the California State Assembly has interpreted the 72 Hour Rule to mean the final vote in the Legislature and not this interim step.  The interpretation has drawn criticism from the proposition’s backers and derision from the Peanut Gallery noting it’s this type of game playing that brings about propositions like this.

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