Pre-Need Funeral Arrangements: Approved and sent to the governor on a 52-11 vote a bill (AB1848) by Assemblyman Louis J. Papan (D-Millbrae) to rewrite the law governing pre-need funeral arrangements to allow morticians to use income from trust funds if they guarantee funerals at a set price. A similar bill has previously been vetoed by both Gov. George Deukmejian and former Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Governor's Mansion: Approved and sent to the governor on a 54-21 vote a bill (AB1411) also by Assemblyman Papan to create a commission to study possible relocation of the century-old governor's mansion to a site closer to the Capitol for use as a combination residence-office. It now is a museum. Gov. Deukmejian lives in a home, purchased with leftover campaign funds, located in an exclusive Sacramento suburban neighborhood.
School Spanking: Approved and sent to the Senate on a 42-33 vote a bill (AB1617) by Assemblyman Sam Farr (D-Carmel) to require school districts that want the right to spank students to file a plan with the state Board of Education and obtain its approval by that board.
Senate Floor Action: Comparable Worth: Approved and sent to the governor on a 22-8 vote a bill (SB2) by Senate President Pro Tem David A. Roberti (D-Los Angeles) to set up a commission on pay equity to look into salary differences between male and female state employees. The governor vetoed a similar bill last year.
Sulfites: Approved on a 26-2 vote a bill (AB1367) by Assemblyman Burt Margolin (D-Los Angeles) to ban the use by restaurants of sulfites to keep vegetables and seafood fresh. Sulfite compounds can cause death, brain damage or illness to people who are allergic, particularly asthmatics. The bill went back to the Assembly for concurrence in Senate changes. The author requested a two-house conference committee to try to work out a compromise.
Free Speech: Adopted on a 23-12 vote a resolution (SCR7) by Sen. Nicholas C. Petris (D-Oakland) to designate Oct. 1 of each year as "Free Speech Day" in commemoration of the beginning of the Free Speech Movement on the University of California, Berkeley, campus in 1964.