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Week one of the 2006 legislative year is now over, and with it came a combined total of 33 new bills from the Legislature.

Many of the bills simply only have a number and a summary at this point; actual language will be forthcoming. Of those 33, some of the more notable (at least appear to be notable):

* Senate: SB 1117 (Denham) would address the compensation of top officials at the University of California, following on recent news reports of questionable levels of pay... SB 1118 (Figueroa) would provide universal health care for children... and SR 20 (Florez), a resolution saying the Legislature should not ratify new Indian gaming deals if the casino would be built on lands not already designated for gaming.

* Assembly: AB 1779 (Mullin) would divert proceeds from the new Mega Millions lottery game to special needs in education, and would also formally codify the existence of the multi-state game... AB 1783 (Nunez) is the Assembly Speaker's version of the infrastructure bond... and AB 1791 (Bermudez) would extend the ban on sex offender residences from K-grade 8 schools to the vicinity of high schools, as well.

January will also be a busy month on the legislative calendar because bills that stayed alive-- but were not sent to the governor-- in 2005 have until the end of the month to get out of their house of origin. The January 31 deadline will lead to a flurry of committee and floor action in both chambers.

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About John Myers

John Myers is senior editor of KQED's new California Politics & Government Desk. He has covered California politics for most of the past two decades, serving previously as Sacramento bureau chief for KQED News and most recently as political editor for KXTV News10 (ABC) in Sacramento. In 2014, he was named one of the nation's top statehouse reporters by The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @johnmyers.

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