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Minimum wage, guns, fracking bills face lawmakers

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 8, 2013 at 12:01 pm •  Published: September 8, 2013
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers head into the final week of this year's Legislative session facing issues that could shape California's environment and business climate for years to come.

Some of this year's most contentious issues remain unresolved with just four days for lawmakers to consider hundreds of remaining bills.

They plan to add new limits to what already are some of the nation's strictest firearm laws while trying to find a compromise to meet federal court demands to reduce the prison population.

Lawmakers will consider changes to the most stringent environmental law in the country, the California Environmental Quality Act, as well as regulations for the oil and gas drilling technique known as fracking.

A minimum wage increase and reconsidering the tax-exempt status of the Boy Scouts also are on the agenda.