** The California State Assembly passed the state budget, 54 to 23. Schwarzenegger will sign it on Friday.
** The California State Senate passed the state budget, 30 to 10. Five Republicans joined with the Democratic majority to pass the budget favored by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Somewhat surprisingly, state Senator Abel Maldonado, a key Schwarzenegger ally, voted no. Maldonado, perhaps miffed that the governor did not do more to help him in his near-miss bid for the Republican nomination for state controller, declared that the budget “does not move California closer to fiscal responsibility.”
Now the state Assembly takes up the budget.
UPDATE: Arnold running mate Tom McClintock voted no on the governor’s budget. Come to think of it, I did not see him on the green bus.
** 5 PM UPDATE: In a further sign that passage of the California state budget tonight is likely, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and Assembly Republican Leader George Plescia will hold a joint press conference after the vote.
** 4:45 PM UPDATE: I’ll be updating tonight on the prospective passage of California’s state budget. The Senate is now scheduled to go into session at 7:30 PM.
** California’s $131 billion state budget, according to sources, looks set for passage tonight. Both houses of the Legislature will go into session some time around or after 7 PM.
** Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will do a live video webcast at 2 PM today announcing a new crime victims’ advocate within his office and a proposed updating of California’s crime victims bill of rights.
2 PM UPDATE: Schwarzenegger is running late. The tentative start of the webcast is now 2:15 PM.
2:15 PM UPDATE: New ETA is 2:30 PM.
2:30 PM UPDATE: Live webcast cancelled due to technical problems. A recording will be available for viewing at 3:30 PM.
3 PM UPDATE: The updated version of California’s crime victims bill of rights will be authored by Assemblywoman Nicole Parra (D-Bakersfield). Parra was one of the legislators unsuccessfully targeted by Team Schwarzenegger 2.0 in the November 2004 general election.