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Welcome to death watch. The legislative kind.

We’ve tracked which bills California lawmakers have rejected as the Legislature hit the half-way point for making new laws for this year. May 31 was the deadline for bills to pass the house in which they were introduced, a critical hurdle in the legislative process that will conclude in mid-September. Some bills died publicly, after vocal debate. Others went out with a whisper, dying from simply not being brought to a vote on the floor.

Many of the casualties failed to overcome fierce opposition from powerful — and often well-heeled — special interests.

Of course, where there is political will there is a way to do almost anything in the Capitol. It’s conceivable that some of the policies lawmakers are jettisoning now could be revived later this year, if they gain renewed political momentum. Others will be on hold until next year, when their authors can try again.

For now, however, here’s what’s been snuffed out in the California Capitol.

  1. Yet another attempt to curb soda falls flat
  2. Crackdown won’t include a moratorium on charter schools
  3. No cap: Second big charter school bill stalls
  4. Tobacco industry breathes easy — No ban on flavored products
  5. Just like that, “just cause” just dies
  6. Renters won’t find it easier to organize tenant unions
  7. Business lobby stifles move to expand unpaid family leave
  8. Labor-backed effort to oust Teach For America fizzles again
  9. Feeling sick? Three-day paid leave remains the status quo
  10. Weed killer: Reluctant cities won’t be forced to open thousands of pot shops
  11. Lawmakers dodge vote to impose tax penalty on those without health insurance
  12. No time off for harassment victims to seek counsel
  13. Dams still can’t count toward the state’s clean-energy quotas
  14. Groundwater concerns help pull plug on energy storage idea
  15. Contractors can’t sidestep a conflict-of-interest law

— Laurel Rosenhall

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