Not every lawmaker in California agrees on COVID-only agenda
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom at the Web 2.0 Summit (JD Lasica/Flickr)

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers return to the Capitol this week to begin what they describe as necessary but painful negotiations to keep the state running and redirect dwindling funds to the costly coronavirus pandemic.Leaders of the state Senate and Assembly have asked them to pursue only COVID-related or “essential” bills.But many legislators say they aren’t letting go of their pre-COVID agendas. They’re pushing ahead with measures to tax soda, ban flavored tobacco products, reform mental health care and expand public insurance to undocumented immigrants age 65 and up, arguing that the vi...

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