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California lawmakers dealt two separate blows to priorities of Governor Gavin Newsom last week.

This spring, Newsom unveiled two new proposals: One to transform San Quentin State Prison to a new center focused on rehabilitation.

And, more recently, a proposal to streamline environmental laws to speed up infrastructure and renewable energy projects. Here he is earlier in May. 

"The question is: are we going to screw it up by being consumed by paralysis and process?" Newsom asked. 

Turns out, the answer could be yes.  

Last week, Legislative budget committees rejected both proposals. Staff reports said the ask to streamline permitting came with little time to deliberate. They recommended it be debated in policy committees, where it still has a chance of moving this year.

On San Quentin, lawmakers declined Newsom’s request for $360 million dollars to build a rehabilitation center. A recent report from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office said that proposal lacked clear objectives.

Here’s Republican Assembly member Tom Lackey.

"Any future item to reimagine San Quentin must include real details and  allow us to have an honest debate about the merits of this proposal," Lackey said. "We’re not here to rubber stamp that proposal and I hope he understands that."

Spokespersons for Newsom say he’s committed to getting the infrastructure package passed and will continue to work on transforming San Quentin.


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