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Volume 12, Bulletin 35 -- December 22, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Senate Narrowly Approves Budget Reconciliation, Measure Returns To House Where Re-Vote Is Expected
Temporary Extension for Higher Education and Welfare
UC Wins Bid To Remain Contractor For Los Alamos National Laboratory
House Passes Border Security/Immigration Bill
Senate Approves Defense Appropriations Conference Report After Dropping ANWR Provisions
All FY 2006 Appropriations To Be Pared Back 1% by Defense Bill Provision
Senate Maneuver Clears Labor-HHS-Education Spending Measure Once House Approves DOD Approps
Bipartisan Majority of Californians Express Support For C-17 Program
Pombo-Feinstein Agreement To Move USS Iowa Toward Stockton Included in Defense Bill
9th Circuit Court Split Dropped from Spending Cut Package
Budget Rec Bill Extends and Alters Dairy Price Support Scheme, Changes May Benefit Some California Milk Producers
Six-Month Extension for Expiring Patriot Act Provisions; Anti-Meth Language Will Have To Wait
Homeland Security Formula Given a Failing Grade by Former 9/11 Panel
New Census Data Indicate California Population Grew Less Rapidly Than The National Average


Volume 12, Bulletin 34 -- December 16, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
House/Senate Pushing To Adjourn For Year; Several Issues Still Unfinished
House Begins Consideration of Border Security/Immigration Bill
House Approves Labor-HHS-Education Spending Conference Report
Conference Committee Completes Work on NASA Authorization
Bush Administration To Distribute a Portion of FY 2006 State Homeland Security Grants Based on Risk and Threat
CCSCE Predicts California Economic Outlook for 2005-2006
Japan Expected To Re-Open Market To U.S. Beef
Pew Reports on Occupational Status and Mobility of Hispanics
April Election, With Possible June Runoff, To Determine 50th District Representative to Congress
Transportation-Treasury Appropriations Analysis Available


Volume 12, Bulletin 33 -- December 9, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
John Campbell Wins CA’s 48th District Seat, Is Sworn In To Replace Former Rep. Cox
Cunningham Resignation Sets Stage for Another Electoral Contest
House Judiciary Reports Border Security Bill
House Approves $56 Billion Tax Reduction Bill, Plus Other Tax Packages; Special AMT Fix Could Reduce Californians’ Bills
Transportation and Housing Appropriations Approved: CDBG Retained, Highways and Transit Receive Boost
Judiciary Subcommittee Reassesses China/Russia IPR Protection
House Subcommittee Queries Whether Only Citizens Should Count for Apportioning Congressional Seats
Conference Negotiators Reach Compromise on Patriot Act Extension
Lower Confidence in Policymakers Observed After Special Election, PPIC Survey Suggests
Undocumented Immigrants Most Likely To Be Uninsured, RAND Finds
Report Explores Impact of Repealing State and Local Tax Deductions
Latest Census “Small Area” Estimates Reveal State and National Growth in Poverty Rates and Earnings
Census Bureau Releases New Data on Nation’s Hispanic Population


Volume 12, Bulletin 32 -- November 18, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Appropriations Deadlines Extended One Month
Homeland Security Passes Border Security
Patriot Act Revisions To Omit First Responder Formula Rewrite
Senate Panels Approve Transit Security Legislation
Tax Bills Moving Through Congress; Extend R&D Credit
Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Passes Senate
House Resources Markup Includes California Water Bills; Senate and House Bills Address Drinking Water Needs
Senate Follows House in Passing 2006 Energy & Water Funding
House Fails to Report Conferenced Labor-HHS-Education Spending Bill
House Agriculture Hears Impact of Recent Litigation on Forest Services
Anti-Meth Bill Moves to House Floor
Congress Preserves U.S. Access To International Space Station
Senate Amendment Gives Hope for Long Beach Cargo Aircraft Line
Evaluating the Efficiency of California Providers in Caring for Patients with Chronic Illnesses
RAND Study Finds Undocumented Immigrants Most Likely to Be Uninsured


Volume 12, Bulletin 31 -- November 11, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Science-State-Justice-Commerce Approps Passes; SCAAP Funding Goes to $405 Million
FY06 Energy And Water Appropriations Moves Through Congress
House Pulls Reconciliation Bill After Failing To Reach Compromise
House Judiciary Committee Passes Methamphetamine Epidemic Elimination Act
Base Closure Plan Becomes Law
RAND Study Urges Use of More Precise Data To Distribute Risk-Based Homeland Security Funds
Transportation Secretary Announces Tighter Oversight Controls for Amtrak Operations
PPIC Report on San Diego’s Education Reforms
Center for Immigration Studies Releases Analysis on Birth Rates Among Immigrants in America
Entertainment Caucus Hosts Briefing On Indian and American Film Industry Piracy
BAEF Report on Trade and the Bay Area Economy


Volume 12, Bulletin 30 -- November 4, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Capitol Hill Briefing Suggests Economic Impact of State’s Business Exodus is Limited
California Remembers Rep. Edward Roybal
Cement Hardening for 2005 Base Closure Round, Despite Legal Threats from Losing States
“Methamphetamine Epidemic Elimination Act” Passes Out of House Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee
House Homeland Panel Reviews BioScience and Intelligence Issues
Hunter Immigration Bill Would Extend California’s Border Security Fence to Texas
NASA Reports on Technological Progress and Financial Shortfalls to House Committee on Science
MPAA and RIAA Testify at House Digital Content Copyright Hearing
Pew Hispanic Center Report Finds Latinos More Likely to Attend Largest Public High Schools
First Ever Census Report on “Daytime” Population Helps Illuminate Potential Terrorism Risks for Urban Areas
Census Reports on Nation’s Computer Use; California Usage Above Average
Conference at UCDC Examines State Initiatives and Special Election
Former Gov. Davis Weighs In Re Special Election at UCDC Event


Volume 12, Bulletin 29 -- October 28, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
House Defeat of BRAC Disapproval Removes Final Base Closure Hurdle (October 28, 2005)
Friday UCDC Conference on State’s Electoral and Initiative Processes and Special Election: “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" (October 28, 2005)
Student Loan Savings of $14.5 Billion Added to Budget Reconciliation (October 28, 2005)
Ways and Means Approves Budget Package To Save $8 Billion Over 5 Years; Some Fear Federal Aid Cuts Will Hurt State (October 28, 2005)
Senate Judiciary Holds Hearing On Splitting The Ninth Circuit (October 28, 2005)
Resources Committee Reports Reconciliation Package, Measure Would Change OCS Drilling Rules (October 28, 2005)
Santa Ana River Water Supply Enhancement Act Passes House (October 28, 2005)
Senate Finance Examines Status of WTO Negotiations (October 28, 2005)
Aerospace Task Force Bill Passes House (October 28, 2005)
New PPIC Poll for November 8 Special Election Finds Various Initiatives Running Behind, Including Redistricting Plan (October 28, 2005)
U.S. Governors Band Together to Support University-Based Research (October 28, 2005)
Goods Movement Caucus Stresses Freight Improvements (October 28, 2005)
RAND Briefing Considers Cost of Unexploded Ordnance Cleanup (October 28, 2005)

November 3 Briefing by PPIC to Answer the Longstanding Question: Are Businesses Really Fleeing California? (October 28, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 28 -- October 21, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Bipartisan Delegation Bidding for NASA’s Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Project (October 21, 2005)
House Education Panel Revives Welfare Reauthorization (October 21, 2005)
Senate HELP Committee Proposes Biodefense Infrastructure Changes (October 21, 2005)
Governors Discuss Federal and State Roles in Emergency Situations (October 21, 2005)
Administration Officials Promote Bush Guestworker Plan at Hearing (October 21, 2005)
House Resources Subcommittee Addresses CA Flood Vulnerability (October 21, 2005)
Senate ENR Hearing on Water Desalination Facilities, Energy, and Reclaimed Water (October 21, 2005)
Water and Power Subcommittee Holds Hearing on H.R. 3929 (October 21, 2005)
Briefing Details Findings of PPIC Special Survey on Californians and the Initiative Process (October 21, 2005)
CHCF Reports on Effects of New Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit on California’s Most Vulnerable Patients (October 21, 2005)
CCRL Reports on Rural California’s Economic Vitality for Governor’s Administration (October 21, 2005)
RAND Briefing To Discuss Unexploded Ordnance on October 25th (October 21, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 27 -- October 7, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Orange County Special Election for 48th House District Seat Ends In Runoff (October 7, 2005)
Senators, Northern Californians Seek Support For State Flood Plan (October 7, 2005)
House Approves Homeland Security Appropriations Conference Report Allowing Administration to Allocate a Portion of Formula Funds to States Based on Terror Threat and Risk (October 7, 2005)
PPIC Expert Discusses Immigrant Education Improvements (October 7, 2005)
PPIC Research Director to Present Statewide Survey Results at October 11 Luncheon (October 7, 2005)
October 28 Conference at U.C. Washington Center to Examine Implications of State’s Upcoming Special Election (October 7, 2005)
New Appropriations Analyses Available On Institute Website (October 7, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 26 -- September 30, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
House Moves CR To Extend Federal Funding Through Nov. 18 (September 30, 2005)
House-Senate Conferees Finalize Homeland Security Appropriations, Formula Funding Change Would Benefit California (September 30, 2005)
Homeland Appropriations Would Boosts State's First Responder Share (September 30, 2005)
House Approves Revisions to Endangered Species Act (September 30, 2005)
Balancing Flexibility with Educational Progress Is NCLB Renewal’s Challenge, Education Secretary Testifies (September 30, 2005)
Senate Judiciary Committee Addresses Copyright Protection (September 30, 2005)
Ways And Means Holds Hearing on U.S.-Japan Relations (September 30, 2005)
NASA Reauthorization Measure Approved on Senate Floor (September 30, 2005)
Healthcare Budget Cuts Limit Some Services, PPIC Survey Suggests (September 30, 2005)
Chris Matthews Addresses California State Society (September 30, 2005)
PPIC Statewide Survey On Initiatives (September 30, 2005)
Pew Report Details Growth In Migration To United States (September 30, 2005)
Congressional Wine Caucus to Host Wine Auction/Benefit on October 5 (September 30, 2005)
PPIC Luncheon Briefing On Friday (9/30) To Address Educational Attainment of California's Mexican American Immigrant Children (September 30, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 25 -- September 23, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Temporary Extension of Higher Education Law Approved in House (September 23, 2005)
Faith Based Amendment Sparks Partisan Head Start Floor Debate in House (September 23, 2005)
Judiciary Subcommittee Continues Examination of P2P Piracy (September 23, 2005)
Endangered Species Act Considered in House Resources As Well As Senate Committee (September 23, 2005)
Stark Teacher Salary Disparities Found within California School Districts (September 23, 2005)
FY06 House Science, State, Justice, Commerce and Senate Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations Analyses Available on the California Institute’s Website (September 23, 2005)
PPIC Luncheon Briefing On Educating Mexican American Immigrant Children (September 23, 2005)
Invitation to a New Documentary on Solar Power (September 23, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 24 -- September 16, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Feinstein, Pombo, And Schwarzenegger Call For Levee Improvements (September 16, 2005)
Bipartisan California Delegation Letters Support NIF Construction (September 16, 2005)
Senate Considers and Approves Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations (September 16, 2005)
President Sends Congress Base Closure Plan (September 16, 2005)
House Judiciary Considers Patent Law Reform (September 16, 2005)
US-EU Wine Trade Agreement Reached, Deal May Expand U.S. Export Opportunities (September 16, 2005)
House May Take Up Head Start Bill Reauthorization Next Week (September 16, 2005)
Energy Advocates Give Briefing Regarding Federal LIHEAP Program (September 16, 2005)
RAND Researchers Assess California Education Problems and Solutions (September 16, 2005)
Census Finds Small Declines in Income and Increases in Poverty and Uninsured For Both U.S. & California (September 16, 2005)
Immigrant Children Make Intergenerational Progress in Education, Per PPIC Report (September 16, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 23 -- September 9, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
PPIC and California Institute Release New “Federal Formula Grants and California” Report: Student Aid and Higher Education (September 9, 2005)
Bipartisan Senate Higher Education Bill Avoids Controversy (September 9, 2005)
Base Closure Commission Finalizes List, Keeps Open Corona Facility (September 9, 2005)
Final BRAC Recommendations Sent To White House, After Court Challenges Slow Process (September 9, 2005)
House Commerce Considers Medicaid Copayment Plan (September 9, 2005)
Judiciary Subcommittee Reports Visa Diversity Elimination Bill (September 9, 2005)
Governor Asks President for Emergency Declaration Related to Hurricane Katrina Relocations (September 9, 2005)
Californians Risking Greater Financial Burdens to Purchase Homes, PPIC Report Suggests (September 9, 2005)
GAO Inquiry Finds Emission Issues Low At Mexicali Power Plants (September 9, 2005)
PPIC Releases Several Products (September 9, 2005)
Friday (9/9/05) Briefing to Explore LIHEAP in California (September 9, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 22 -- July 29, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Pombo and Tauscher Delegation Letter Criticizing Senate Subcommittee Action on NIF Funding Circulating (July 29, 2005)
Highways and Transit Conference Report On Verge Of Adoption, After 11 Extensions (July 29, 2005)
House Passes Energy Bill; Drops MTBE Liability Waiver; Includes Authorization For Fusion Energy and ITER (July 29, 2005)
House Narrowly Passes DR-CAFTA Bill (July 29, 2005)
House NASA Bill Clears Floor By Overwhelming Margin (July 29, 2005)
California Commended for Hydrogen Economy Policies at House Hearing (July 29, 2005)
PPIC Report Identifies Opportunities for California to Meet Growing Water Demands (July 29, 2005)
Senate Judiciary Continues To Look At Immigration Reform (July 29, 2005)
Senate Commerce Examines Grokster Implications (July 29, 2005)
Water and Power Subcommittee Considers San Joaquin Water (July 29, 2005)
PPIC Briefs California Delegation On California’s Medi-Cal Program (July 29, 2005)
House Passes Interior Appropriations (July 29, 2005)
Upcoming CSA Event Discusses Space Policy Transformations (July 29, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 21 -- July 22, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Pombo and Tauscher Circulating Delegation Letter Criticizing Senate Subcommittee Action on NIF Funding (July 22, 2005)
Higher Education Mark Up Spans Three Days (July 22, 2005)
BRAC Commission Adds Three California Bases To List for Closure/Realignment Consideration (July 22, 2005)
House CAFTA Vote May Occur Next Week; Outcome Uncertain (July 22, 2005)
TEA-21 Reauthorization Gets Extension Number Ten (July 22, 2005)
Senate Environment Reports Municipal Water Grants Bill (July 22, 2005)
PPIC Releases Special Survey on Californians and the Environment (July 22, 2005)
Senate Conducts Hearing on California Land Bill (July 22, 2005)
House To Consider Calvert NASA Reauthorization Bill on Friday (July 22, 2005)
House Science Committee Holds Hydrogen, Fuel Cell Hearing (July 22, 2005)
PPIC Luncheon Briefing on July 26 re California’s Medi-Cal Program (July 22, 2005)
Redistricting Initiative Plan Hits Legal Snag (July 22, 2005)
Senate Transportation Appropriations Moves Forward (July 22, 2005)
Three New Appropriations Analyses Available on Institute’s Website: House Labor-H, House Interior-Environment, and Senate Agriculture (July 22, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 20 -- July 15, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Capps Motion To Instruct On MTBE Narrowly Defeated On House Floor (July 15, 2005)
Senate Votes to Retain Small-State Minimum in Homeland Security Formula, Rejecting Feinstein’s Risk-Based Alternative (July 15, 2005)
McKeon’s Higher Education Bill Retains Key Features After Subcommittee Mark Up (July 15, 2005)
Senate Judiciary Considers Music Licensing Reform (July 15, 2005)
House Passes Water Resources Development Bill (July 15, 2005)
Senate Subcommittee Tackles ESA and Private Landowners (July 15, 2005)
GAO Report Analyzes BRAC Recommendations (July 15, 2005)
Labor H Appropriations Bill Passes Senate Subcommittee (July 15, 2005)
California Institute Breakfast Features Rep. Doris Matsui (July 15, 2005)
Base Closure Commission Visits California Sites, Conducts Hearing in Southern California (July 15, 2005)
PPIC Report Examines the Effects of “Living Wage” Laws (July 15, 2005)
Rep. Cunningham Announces Plans to Retire After 109th Congress (July 15, 2005)
California Institute Moves To New Home (July 15, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 19 -- July 1, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Movie & Recording Industries Win Supreme Court Intellectual Property Battle (July 1, 2005)
$146 Million Cut to NIF Funding Included In Senate Energy Appropriations Bill (July 1, 2005)
Institute and PPIC Release Child Care Report from Ongoing Federal "Formula Grants and California" Series (July 1, 2005)
Senate Passes FY 2006 Interior Appropriations Measure (July 1, 2005)
Ways And Means Committee Approves CAFTA (July 1, 2005)
Senate Judiciary Continues To Examine Immigration Reform Alternatives (July 1, 2005)
Transportation Gets Eighth Extension (July 1, 2005)
LBL Astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter Briefs Congressional Staff on Dark Energy and the Expanding Universe (July 1, 2005)
Several California Cities Among Fastest Growing in the Nation (July 1, 2005)
Pew Hispanic Center Issues Report on Hispanic Voters and Voting Behavior (July 1, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 18 -- June 24, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
TEA-21 Reauthorization Conference Reportedly Agrees on Funding Total (June 24, 2005)
Transportation: Highway Equity, Support for Urban Transit and CMAQ Identified as Delegation's Reauthorization Priorities (June 24, 2005)
Governor and HHS Reach Agreement on Medicaid/Medi-Cal Waiver (June 24, 2005)
PPIC Study Predicts Rising Medi-Cal Program Costs (June 24, 2005)
Senate Marks Up Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations With $200 Million for SCAAP, Less Than Half House Proposal (June 24, 2005)
Senate Appropriations reports Agriculture Spending Bill (June 24, 2005)
Senate Finance Scrutinizes U.S.-China Economic Relations (June 24, 2005)
Judiciary Subcommittee Looks At Music Licensing Reform (June 24, 2005)
Immigration Subcommittee Addresses Employer Sanction Enforcement (June 24, 2005)
House Transportation Reports Water Development Bill (June 24, 2005)
LNG Siting Amendment Defeated in Energy Bill (June 24, 2005)
Senate Diesel Retrofit Program Would Help California Communities (June 24, 2005)
New MPAA CEO Dan Glickman Addresses Roundtable Luncheon (June 24, 2005)
Lawrence Livermore Home to Fastest Computer in the World (June 24, 2005)
UCLA Anderson Forecast Warns of Housing Bubble (June 24, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 17 -- June 17, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
House Passes Commerce Justice Funding Bill; Dreier Amendment Adds $50 Million To SCAAP (June 17, 2005)
Capitol Hill Briefing Outlines PPIC's "California 2025" Project; Reps. McKeon and Lofgren Cite Need to Plan for State's Future (June 17, 2005)
PPIC's CA 2025 Event Debuts Monthly Briefing Series in Washington DC (June 17, 2005)
House And Senate Committees Hold Mock Markups on CAFTA (June 17, 2005)
Senate Appropriations Reports Homeland Security Funding (June 17, 2005)
Senate Energy & Water Appropriations Clears Committee (June 17, 2005)
House Subcommittee Approves Transportation, HUD Appropriations (June 17, 2005)
House Appropriations Reports Labor-HHS-Education Spending Bill (June 17, 2005)
Senate Increases Ethanol Mandate In Energy Bill (June 17, 2005)
PPIC Examines Immigrants' Roles in California Local Governance (June 17, 2005)
Pew Hispanic Center Releases Report On Undocumented Migrants (June 17, 2005)
Bill Strauss To Speak at June 22 UCDC Center Event (June 17, 2005)
June 21 GSR Lunch to Feature MPAA's Dan Glickman (June 17, 2005)
Reminder: Annual California State Society Picnic on Saturday (June 17, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 16 -- June 10, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
EPA Again Denies State Oxygenate Waiver (June 10, 2005)
PPIC Lunch Briefing on June 16 to Detail "California 2025" Project Findings re State's Coming Infrastructure Challenges (June 10, 2005)
Transportation Stakeholders Unveil TEA-21 Reauthorization Checklist, Brief Staff at Bipartisan Delegation Session (June 10, 2005)
Despite Lack of Firm Spending Total, Transportation Conferees Upbeat (June 10, 2005)
Senate Agriculture Explores DR-CAFTA Trade Agreement (June 10, 2005)
House Rejects WTO Withdrawal (June 10, 2005)
EPA Approves Wasp to Fight Glassy Winged Sharpshooter and Pierce's Disease (June 10, 2005)
Base Closing Hearings Held at Two California Bases; Upcoming Base Hearings Scheduled for July (June 10, 2005)
Senate Judiciary Further Explores Immigration Reform (June 10, 2005)
House Labor-HHS-Education Spending Bill Gets Underway (June 10, 2005)
House Passes FY 2006 Department of Agriculture Appropriations (June 10, 2005)
Pombo Chairs Resources Committee Hearing in Sacramento On Off-Reservation Casinos (June 10, 2005)
California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown Approved by Senate for United States Circuit Court of Appeals (June 10, 2005)
US Supreme Court Rules Against Use of Medicinal Marijuana in California, 10 Other States (June 10, 2005)
PPIC Report Analyzes California Information Technology Exports (June 10, 2005)
RAND Report Identifies California K-12 Weaknesses (June 10, 2005)
Energy & Water Appropriations Analysis Available (June 10, 2005)
Annual California State Society Picnic: Saturday, June 18, 2005


Volume 12, Bulletin 15 -- May 26, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
House Appropriations Subcommittee Reports Science, State, Justice And Commerce Bill; SCAAP Gets $355 Million (May 26, 2005)
House Passes Energy and Water Appropriations (May 26, 2005)
At Senate Education Roundtable, CSU’s Reed Urges K-12 Outreach (May 26, 2005)
Senate Committee Completes Energy Bill Markup; Feinstein Wins Partial Ethanol Exemption; Governor Makes Recommendations (May 26, 2005)
House Appropriators Report Agriculture Bill (May 26, 2005)
Senate Passes Feinstein’s SCAAP Reauthorization Bill (May 26, 2005)
Head Start Bill Clears Senate Panel, Formula Change Could Negatively Impact California (May 26, 2005)
House Criminalizes Trafficking of Counterfeit Labels (May 26, 2005)
With No New Law Ready, Congress Punts On Transportation Again (May 26, 2005)
Angel Island Bill Passes House (May 26, 2005)
Science Subcommittee Examines Nanotechnology Initiative (May 26, 2005)
Ways And Means Subcommittee Holds Hearing On Future Of WTO; Rejects Resolution To Withdraw From WTO (May 26, 2005)
Senate Subcommittee Examines Efforts to Restart Human Spaceflight (May 26, 2005)
Los Alamos Competition Heats Up (May 26, 2005)
House Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness Focuses on Math and Science in U.S. (May 26, 2005)
Oversight Hearing Examines CDBG Accountability and Performance (May 26, 2005)
Senate Homeland Security Looks At Terrorism and Counterfeit Goods (May 26, 2005)
Senate Judiciary Examines Intellectual Property Piracy (May 26, 2005)
House Committee on Government Reform Examines Student Loan Programs (May 26, 2005)
PPIC Special Survey Examines State Budget (May 26, 2005)
LAPD Briefs Congressional Staffers on Terrorism in Los Angeles (May 26, 2005)
Golden State Roundtable Features BRAC Panel (May 26, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 14 -- May 20, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Small Wineries in Interstate Shipping Case (May 20, 2005)
Senate Approves Comprehensive Transportation Reauthorization Bill (May 20, 2005)
Feinstein Alternative to Collins' Homeland Security Formula Would Lessen Unevenness of Small-State Guarantee (May 20, 2005)
House Appropriations Reports FY06 Energy and Water Bill (May 20, 2005)
BRAC Base Closure List Released, California Escapes Relatively Unscathed (May 20, 2005)
Rumsfeld Testifies Before BRAC Panel (May 20, 2005)
BRAC Commission Focuses on Navy & Marine Corps Facility Shifts (May 20, 2005)
HASC Authorizes 2006 Defense Spending (May 20, 2005)
House Approves Homeland Spending (May 20, 2005)
House Head Start Reauthorization Bill Clears Full Committee Unanimously (May 20, 2005)
Bipartisan Job Training Bill Clears Senate HELP Committee (May 20, 2005)
Judiciary Subcommittee Scrutinizes Piracy In China And Russia (May 20, 2005)
House Resources Committee Reports Three California Land Bills (May 20, 2005)
National and State Associations Oppose MTBE Waiver In Energy Bill (May 20, 2005)
House Appropriators Report Agriculture Bill (May 20, 2005)
House Financial Services Continues Hearings on Section 8 Housing Vouchers (May 20, 2005)
Villaraigosa Wins L.A. Mayoral Runoff (May 20, 2005)
PPIC Releases Study of Second Generation Immigrants in California (May 20, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 13 -- May 13, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Schwarzenegger And 14 Other Governors Urge Increased SCAAP Funding (May 13, 2005)
BRAC List To Be Released Friday A.M. (May 13, 2005)
House Near Unanimous in Approving Homeland Formula Change (May 13, 2005)
Senate Moves to Retain $11.2 Billion Increase to Transportation Bill, Showdown with White House Looms (May 13, 2005)
California To Receive About $71 Million In Immigrant Medical Funding (May 13, 2005)
Senate Passes Emergency Supplemental Bill; President To Sign Immediately (May 13, 2005)
Judiciary Subcommittee Addresses Dreier Immigration Bill (May 13, 2005)
Spirit of Bipartisanship Kickstarts Head Start in House, Bill Excludes White House Pilot Project Proposal (May 13, 2005)
Energy & Commerce and Judiciary Committees Alter Homeland Security Authorization Bill (May 13, 2005)
House Appropriations Backs Homeland Security Bill, Floor Vote Tuesday (May 13, 2005)
Senate Examines National Parks (May 13, 2005)
House Holds Section 8 Voucher Program Hearing (May 13, 2005)
Appeals Court Strikes Broadcast Flag Rule (May 13, 2005)
UC, Bechtel Partner for Los Alamos Bid (May 13, 2005)
National Ignition Facility Briefing Friday (May 13, 2005)
Ruling Opens Undeveloped National Forest Lands to Roads; Governor Pledges to Protect State's Trees (May 13, 2005)
Bay Area Chosen for Stem Cell Institute (May 13, 2005)
Study Calls California Traffic the Nation's Worst (May 13, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 12 -- May 6, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Governor and Entire Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Write President, Rumsfeld, and BRAC Chairman Re Base Closures (May 6, 2005)
Bipartisan Delegation Sends Letter To Sec. Rice on Extradition (May 6, 2005)
House Passes Supplemental With Immigration Provisions; Senate To Follow Soon (May 6, 2005)
BRAC Commission Holds First Meeting; Release of BRAC List Next Week (May 6, 2005)
Chairman Lewis Proposes 302(b) Allocations for Appropriations Panels (May 6, 2005)
Interior Appropriations Reports FY06 Bill (May 6, 2005)
House Appropriations Panel Approves 2006 Homeland Security Bill (May 6, 2005)
Congress' 2006 Budget Document Contains Pell Grants Increase (May 6, 2005)
Bipartisan Congressional Letter Criticizes FTA's Proposed Changes to New Starts Evaluation System (May 6, 2005)
House Passes Voc Ed and Training Bill Without White House Plan for Eliminating Perkins Grants (May 6, 2005)
House Panel Examines Integrating Head Start with Other Early Education and Care (May 6, 2005)
House Water and Power Panel Holds Hearing on Endangered Species Act (May 6, 2005)
California Institute Breakfast Features Representative Dan Lungren (May 6, 2005)
State Passes Tough Smog Rules; Report Finds 14 California Counties Among Nation's 25 Most Ozone Polluted (May 6, 2005)
Nunes Appointment to Ways & Means Formalized (May 6, 2005)
May 13 Briefing Re National Ignition Facility


Volume 12, Bulletin 11 -- April 28, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Governor and California Congressional Delegation Circulating BRAC Letter (April 28, 2005)
Senate Transportation Bill Hits Hurdles on Senate Floor (April 28, 2005)
Energy and Commerce Addresses CAFTA Agreement (April 28, 2005)
California Institute Breakfast Features Representative Jim Costa (April 28, 2005)
China Piracy Letter Sent To President (April 28, 2005)
Senate Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Funding for Angel Island Immigration Station (April 28, 2005)
House Passes Supercomputing Planning Legislation (April 28, 2005)
CDBG Formula Revisions Would Target Dollars Better, GAO Testifies (April 28, 2005)
BRAC List May Be Released Early; Closed Bases May Be Used As Sites For Oil Refineries (April 28, 2005)
PPIC Report Finds Biotech Flight From California Unlikely (April 28, 2005)
AEA Report Finds High-Tech Job Losses Leveling Out (April 28, 2005)
RAND and California Institute Hold Briefing on Public Health Preparedness In California (April 28, 2005)
Report Ranks California 31st in Healthcare Coverage (April 28, 2005)
PPIC Special Survey on Education In California Finds Disillusioned Public (April 28, 2005)
Bipartisan Group of Southern California Members Circulating Letter on Region's Cultural Tourism


Volume 12, Bulletin 10 -- April 21, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Senate Tables Most Immigration Efforts In Passing Iraq Supplemental (April 21, 2005)
MTBE Liability Waiver Survives Fight On House Floor (April 21, 2005)
House Passes Copyright/Piracy Bill (April 21, 2005)
House Homeland Security Committee Unanimously Approves Bill To Change First Responder Grant Formula (April 21, 2005)
House Homeland Bill Reduces Small-State Minimum to Typical Level (April 21, 2005)
Senate Finance Approves Highway Tax Bill, Miles-Traveled Tax Idea Could Hit California (April 21, 2005)
California, Florida, Could Face Higher Highway Taxes Under Senate Finance's VMT-Tax Plan (April 21, 2005)
Ways And Means Holds Hearing On DR-CAFTA Bill (April 21, 2005)
Resources Hearing On Water Supply (April 21, 2005)
House Science Panel Discusses Commercial Space Travel (April 21, 2005)
Governor Schwarzenegger Urges Federal R&D Funding (April 21, 2005)
Supreme Court Refuses to Hear CA Energy Dispute Over $100 Million (April 21, 2005)
President Bush Declares State of Emergency for Southern California Counties Affected by February Rains (April 21, 2005)
University of California Awarded Five-Year Contract to Operate Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (April 21, 2005)
House Agriculture Committee Reviews Secure Rural Schools Act (April 21, 2005)
April 25 RAND Briefing to Focus on Public Health Preparedness in California (April 21, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 9 -- April 15, 2005 [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
9/11 Panel Leader, First Responders, & Victims Group Head Laud New Cox Bill for Formula Changes and "Rational" Methodology (April 15, 2005)
Senate Homeland Panel Approves Bill With Minor Formula Changes (April 15, 2005)
House Homeland Subcommittee Considers First Responders Formula (April 15, 2005)
Baca Sponsored Groundwater Remediation Act Passes House (April 15, 2005)
Eshoo Bill Exempting FEMA Grants From Taxes Goes To President (April 15, 2005)
House and Senate Take Up the DR-CAFTA Trade Bill (April 15, 2005)
Immigration Amendments Pending to Senate Supplemental (April 15, 2005)
House Education Panel Hears Exemplary Head Start Administrators (April 15, 2005)
Census Bureau Report Examines Country's Fastest Growing Counties (April 15, 2005)
House Votes to Name Sacramento Courthouse in Memory of Late Representative Robert T. Matsui (April 15, 2005)
California To Receive $750 million Refund For Energy Crisis; 9th Circuit Holds Case Could Lead to Billions More (April 15, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 8 -- April 7, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Coalition of Local Government Groups Oppose MTBE Waiver (April 7, 2005)
Members Circulating Letter re NASA Ames Research Center Funding (April 7, 2005)
Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Digital Music Oversight Hearing (April 7, 2005)
California Council on Base Support and Retention Releases Report; California: The Key to Transforming America's Military (April 7, 2005)
Senate Homeland Security Formula Markup Moved to Next Week (April 7, 2005)
House Subcommittee Examines Brownfields Status (April 7, 2005)
Senate and House Committees Hold Head Start Hearings (April 7, 2005)
Bush Administration Announces New Rules for Broadening No Child Left Behind Act Flexibility, Citing California Efforts (April 7, 2005)
PPIC Releases Study of English Learners in California Schools (April 7, 2005)
Senate Indian Affairs Committee Examines Lytton Tribe's Bid for Urban Casino in San Pablo (April 7, 2005)
U.S., California Wine Sales Up In 2004 (April 7, 2005)
California Institute Publishes Special Report on State's Base Closure History and 2005 Closure Round Process (April 7, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 7 -- March 18, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Senate Judiciary Approves SCAAP Reauthorization Bill (March 18, 2005)
Congress Approves Ninth Temporary Extension for Welfare and Child Care (March 18, 2005)
House Panel Approves Welfare Reauthorization Bill for Third Year (March 18, 2005)
Senate Panel Makes Quick Work of Highways Bill; Equity Bonus Targets Higher Rate-of-Return on Gas Taxes, But Constraints Would Slow Changes; Formula Shift Would Trim California CMAQ Funding (March 18, 2005)
Senate Banking Committee Marks Up Transit Reauthorization Bill (March 18, 2005)
Bipartisan California Congressional Delegation Hosts City Officials for BRAC Roundtable Discussion (March 18, 2005)
President Bush Names Nine Member BRAC Commission; Closure List Release Less Than Two Months Away (March 18, 2005)
HASC Chairman Hunter Addresses Defense and BRAC at GSR Luncheon (March 18, 2005)
Methamphetamine Clean-Up Bill Advances to Full House (March 18, 2005)
House Judiciary Examines Port Security (March 18, 2005)
Education and Workforce Reviews Foreign Student Visa Program (March 18, 2005)
California Space Proponents Visit Washington (March 18, 2005)
Science Committee Approves Supercomputing Planning Legislation (March 18, 2005)
PPIC Releases Survey of Los Angeles County (March 18, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 6 -- March 11, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Rep. Doris Matsui Sworn Into Office (March 11, 2005)
Highway Bill Clears House With Overwhelming Support; Minimum Guarantee Remains at 90.5%, but "Hammer" Stays Too (March 11, 2005)
President Bush Names Californian To Chair BRAC Commission (March 11, 2005)
Fusion Energy Community Presses Case in Washington, Supporting Budgeted Amounts But Seeking Changes to Save U.S.-Based Research (March 11, 2005)
House Agriculture Subcommittee Addresses Methyl Bromide Critical Use Exemptions (March 11, 2005)
House Judiciary Reports Copyright Bill (March 11, 2005)
Senate Committee Approves Welfare Bill with $6 Billion Child Care Increase (March 11, 2005)
California and White House Agree On "No Child Left Behind" Provision (March 11, 2005)
House Immigration Examines Interior Enforcement Resources (March 11, 2005)
Californians Seek Unity on Transportation, Speedy Reauthorization (March 11, 2005)
Hahn, Villaraigosa To Face Off In LA Mayoral Race (March 11, 2005)
PPIC Statewide Survey Examines Voters' Attitudes Toward Making Health Policy Through Initiatives (March 11, 2005)
Selected TEA LU Provisions & Changes (March 11, 2005)
   Minimum Guarantee (March 11, 2005)
   High Priority Projects (March 11, 2005)
   Transit New Starts (March 11, 2005)
   Bus and Bus-Related Program (March 11, 2005)
   Other Provisions (March 11, 2005) 


Volume 12, Bulletin 5 -- March 4, 2005   [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:

House Subcommittee Reports Copyright Bill (March 4, 2005)
Transportation Panel Approves $289 Billion Bill, No Minimum Guarantee Changes ... Yet (March 4, 2005)
TEALU Bus and Highway Earmark Data To Appear on Institute Website (March 4, 2005)
Hybrid HOV Lane Waiver Included in House Transportation Bill" (March 4, 2005)
Panel Addresses House Transportation Bill Air Quality Protections (March 4, 2005)
Two Studies Examine Present and Future of San Joaquin Valley (March 4, 2005)
Census Estimates Foreign-Born Population Tops 34 Million (March 4, 2005)
2004 Trade Deficit Hits New High (March 4, 2005)
California Has 1 Million Manufacturing Jobs "Up For Grabs," Report Finds (March 4, 2005)
PPIC Releases New Education Report (March 4, 2005)
California Health Care Foundation Releases Annual Snapshot of Health Care Spending (March 4, 2005)
California Would Be More Affected By Elimination of Social Security Contributions Income Cutoff (March 4, 2005) 

Volume 12, Bulletin 4 -- February 18, 2005   [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Bipartisan California Congressional Delegation Confers with Governor and State Legislative Leaders (February 18, 2005)
Bipartisan Congressional Delegation and State Leaders Cite Outcomes From State-Federal Meeting in Washington (February 18, 2005)
California Assembly Budget Committee Holds Hearing on Federal Budget and Flow of Federal Funds to and from State; California Institute Director Testifies (February 18, 2005)
Institute Releases Latest "Balance of Payments" Report (February 18, 2005)
Spyware Bill Reported By House Subcommittee (February 18, 2005)
CA Wilderness Bill Breezes Through Senate Committee, May Face Opposition in House; Yosemite/Golden Gate Bill Also Reported (February 18, 2005)
Matsui Courthouse Bill Reported By Senate Committee (February 18, 2005)
Bonding Plan Rolled Out as Inexpensive Transportation Financing Plan (February 18, 2005)
California's Chief Vocational Education Official Opposes Vocational Education Cuts Proposed in President's Spending Plan (February 18, 2005)
Association of California Water Agencies Holds DC Conference (February 18, 2005)
Decline In Grape Harvest Yielding Stronger Prices for Industry (February 18, 2005)
Home Builder Wins Auctions for Land at the Former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station (February 18, 2005)
Breakfast Briefing to Feature Remarks by California Secretary of Food and Agriculture, A.G. Kawamura (February 18, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 3 -- February 11, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:

Governor and Bipartisan State Legislative Leadership to Meet With California Delegation In Washington (February 11, 2005)
House Passes "Real ID" Immigration Bill (February 11, 2005)
House Hearing Discusses Welfare Reform Successes And Prospects for Reauthorization (February 11, 2005)
USDA Emergency Order Helps California Nurseries as Spring Season Approaches (February 11, 2005)
House Transportation Bill Reintroduced with Support of White House (February 11, 2005)
Ranking T&I Democrat Addresses ITS Community, Predicts Another Bipartisan Transportation Effort in House (February 11, 2005)
PPIC Overviews California's Workers' Compensation Crisis (February 11, 2005)
Nominee Declines Consideration For BRAC Commission Appointment (February 11, 2005)
CSBA Presents Congressional Briefing on K-12 Funding, State Budget, and Certification Issues (February 11, 2005)
Bill Permitting Carpool Lane Use by Hybrids Introduced By Two California Lawmakers (February 11, 2005)
California Institute Analysis of the President's FY 2006 Budget Available Online (February 11, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 2 -- January 28, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
New California Representatives Lungren and Costa Receive Committee Assignments (January 28, 2005)
Republican Congressional Leaders Reintroduce Welfare Renewal Measures (January 28, 2005)
Newly Renamed Senate Committee Holds Homeland Security Hearing (January 28, 2005)
Latest Figures Show California Highway Receipts Remain Steady (January 28, 2005)
Education Briefing on Friday, January 28 (January 28, 2005)
Doris Matsui Seeks To Replace Late Husband In Congress (January 28, 2005)
Central Valley Mexican Migration Will Drop, Study Finds (January 28, 2005)
PPIC Statewide Survey Examines Californians' Political Attitudes (January 28, 2005)
California Hydrogen Model Highlighted at D.C. Briefing (January 28, 2005)
Numerous Groups, Including U.S., Filing Amicus Briefs In Supreme Court Piracy Case (January 28, 2005)
USC Researchers Project Positive Trends in Immigration for California (January 28, 2005)
PPIC Examines Workers' Compensation "Crisis" in California (January 28, 2005)
California Delegation Roster on Website (January 28, 2005)


Volume 12, Bulletin 1 -- January 7, 2005    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Californians Mourn Death of Rep. Matsui (January 7, 2005)
Rep. Jerry Lewis To Chair House Appropriations Committee (January 7, 2005)
Institute Reception Welcomes California Delegation to 109th Congress, Features Remarks by Reps. Lofgren, Calvert and Lewis (January 7, 2005)
Dreier to Remain Rules Chairman, Overcoming Term Limit (January 7, 2005)
Cox's Homeland Security Committee Gains Permanent Status (January 7, 2005)
Schwarzenegger Lays Out Agenda in 2005 State of the State (January 7, 2005)
Accounting Standards Board Requires Expensing Stock Options (January 7, 2005)
California Farmers Compensated For Water Withheld By Feds (January 7, 2005)
California Trade Forum To Be Held In San Diego (January 7, 2005)
RAND Report Finds California Schools Fall Behind Most of Country (January 7, 2005)
California Council on Base Support and Retention Holds First Forum (January 7, 2005)
UCLA Study Identifies Health Problems for Uninsured Californians (January 7, 2005)
UC Davis Experts to Discuss Hydrogen Fuels (January 7, 2005)
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Raise Conventional Loan Limit (January 7, 2005)
Despite Advances, Challenges and Opportunities Remain for Women in the Workforce, According to PPIC "California Counts" Paper (January 7, 2005)


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