The State Legislature Gets Its Recess

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Do you get a month off this summer?

The California state legislature does.

The supposedly full-time Assembly and Senate are off until Aug. 15. 

This summer recess is on the calendar every year--but the long summer budget fights had cut into the time off in recent years. This year, the budget was passed on-time (and unbalanced), so Sacramento gets a recess.

That doesn't mean lawmakers aren't working back in their districts.

Or plotting their next run for office -- an occupational hazard in a legislature with tight term limits. Some will also take junkets all over the world. This travel gets criticized, but looking overseas for better ways of doing things is always a good idea.

Especially when your governing system is as dysfunctional as California. New ideas would be helpful.

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