Absences delay Senate bills as deadline looms

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The California Senate will meet today to debate bills on the floor of the chamber, but one of the biggest issues will be whether enough lawmakers show up to get much of anything done.

The Senate has been plagued by absences in the past few weeks, and legislation is stalling as the June 4 deadline for passing bills approaches.

This month, 22 of the 38 current members missed at least a day of floor session. Last Thursday, more than a third of the Senate failed to show up.

Legislative staffers have been starting their days trying to determine if there are enough senators to pass their bills. The Senate typically meets for floor sessions twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays.

Full story: Absences delay Senate bills as deadline looms – SF Gate