FILE -- In this Aug. 17, 2017 file photo Solar Tech Joshua Valdez, left, and Senior Plant ManagerTim Wisdom walk past solar panels and at a Pacific Gas and Electric Solar Plant, in Vacaville, Calif. When California lawmakers return from their summer recess in August 2018, among the high-profile bills to consider is whether to bump up renewal energy mandates and setting a goal of getting all of California's energy from carbon-free sources by 2045. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

California lawmakers face dozens of key bills in final month

July 07, 2018 - 1:32 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers left for summer recess with most of the year's major bills still on their to-do list. So far this year, they've already passed first-in-the-nation data privacy regulations and a ban on new local soda taxes. But when they return in August they'll have less than a month to tackle high-profile bills on criminal justice, energy policy and sexual harassment.

Lawmakers are still weighing a plan to overhaul the state's bail program. The proposal would end money bail for most defendants.

Some Democrats are looking to enshrine net neutrality rules in state law this year. The issue led to a bitter fight among Democrats last month over how aggressive the state should be.

Lawmakers face an Aug. 31 deadline to pass bills this year.

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