- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on action by the California Legislature (all times local):

5 p.m.

California lawmakers have rejected legislation to require consistent, predictable schedules for workers at restaurants and grocery or retail stores.

The Senate Appropriations Committee did not advance SB878 by Democratic Sen. Connie Leyva of Chino ahead of a deadline Friday.

Leyva’s bill was a response to new scheduling procedures that use computerized formulas to precisely match staffing to demand. Many workers say the practice makes it difficult to arrange child care or predict their monthly wages.

The measure would have required businesses to provide a 21-day work schedule with at least seven days’ notice.

The California Chamber of Commerce said the measure would cost jobs, eliminate worker flexibility and create new costs for businesses.

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2:30 p.m.

Legislation to give the public access to details of investigations involving police shootings and wrongdoing by officers has died in the state Legislature.

The Senate Appropriations Committee declined to advance the bill Friday when it approved dozens of spending measures.

The bill was introduced earlier this year by Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Mario Woods, which was caught on video and sparked protests.

Transparency advocates say the failure of SB1286 will keep the public in the dark about allegations of misconduct and police use of force.

Law enforcement groups raised concerns about officer safety and privacy.

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1:55 p.m.

California lawmakers have killed a bill that would have reimbursed local governments for the cost of holding special elections when legislators step down.

The Senate appropriations committee held SB967 by Sen. Andy Vidak, a Republican from Hanford, during a hearing Friday in which lawmakers took up hundreds of bills related to state spending.

Current law requires counties to pay the cost of special elections that must be held when lawmakers resign to take other jobs.

Vidak says that diverts money that could be spent on other vital services.

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1:05 p.m.

California lawmakers are rejecting legislation intended to address abuses in the state’s disabled parking placard program.

The Assembly appropriations committee on Friday held AB2602 by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, a Los Angeles Democrat.

It would have required the state Department of Motor Vehicles to retrieve expired permits, required people to reapply for permits after they expire and allowed cities to charge disabled motorists for parking.

The Legislature reviewed hundreds of bills that had some cost to the state without comment on Friday, rejecting dozens of them.

Earlier in the week, state lawmakers approved an audit of the disabled parking program to assess potential fraud.

Reports have found about one in nine California drivers had a disability placard. Gatto says some are even for sale on Craigslist.

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10:55 a.m.

California lawmakers have adopted a controversial plan proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown in response to the state’s affordable housing crisis.

The legislation that passed the Assembly Friday on a 46-7 vote would fast-track building permits and waive some environmental reviews for high-density projects that include affordable housing.

Brown’s proposal seeks to bypass local politics and restrictions that have consistently blocked projects, contributing to the worst housing shortage in the nation.

It was introduced by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, a Democrat from Santa Monica. It now moves to the Senate.

The legislation has faced strong opposition from some environmental groups and local activists who see it as an effort to weaken California’s notoriously rigorous environmental quality law. In San Francisco, civic leaders have responded with their own alternate proposal.

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