There was a surge of bill submissions that kept the Legislature's clerks very busy this weekend. As of 5 p.m. Friday, when I filed this story for The Star on Saturday, there were about 1,500 bills in the hopper. By this morning, that number had grown to 2,296 bills, constitutional amendments and resolutions -- an average of 19.1 measure for each of the state's 120 lawmakers.
The Ventura County delegation did its share, led by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson with 24, and followed by Assemblyman Jeff Gorell with 21, Sen. Fran Pavley with 20, Assemblyman Das Williams with 18 and Assemblyman Scott Wilk with 16. For the specifics on the agendas of each, you can search by their last names here.
It appears that lawmakers either weren't paying attention or paid no heed to Gov. Jerry Brown's exhortation during his January State of the State address to try to restrain themselves in introducing bills this year.
Here's what he said: "Constantly expanding the coercive power of government by adding each year so many minute prescriptions to our already detailed and turgid legal system overshadows other aspects of public service."
What did he expect? They're lawmakers, and they feel compelled to make laws.