Appointed Betty A. G. Cordoba of Woodland Hills to the Public Employment Relations Board. A Republican, Wood, 59, replaces Nancy B. Burt of Sacramento, who resigned. The job pays $76,079 a year and requires Senate confirmation.
Ordered flags at the Capitol and on all state grounds to be flown at half-staff in honor of the American servicemen who died as a result of the attack on the U.S. frigate Stark. Assembly Committee Action:
Highways: The Assembly Transportation Committee approved a bill (AB 671) by Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Sepulveda) to place a $1.5-billion highway construction and improvement-bond issue on next year's June primary election ballot. A 10-3 vote sent the bill to the Ways and Means Committee.
Art Plates: The Transportation Committee also approved a bill (AB 1786) by Assemblyman Tom Bates (D-Oakland) to set up a new license plate program to raise money for California Arts Council projects. Purchasers would pay an extra $50 initial fee, plus $25 yearly renewals, for plates displaying a special council design. An 8-1 vote sent the bill to the Ways and Means Committee.
Child Care: The Assembly Human Services Committee approved a bill (AB 2654) by Speaker Pro Tem Mike Roos (D-Los Angeles) to place a $100-million child-care facility bond issue on next year's primary election ballot. A 4-2 vote sent the bill to the Ways and Means Committee.
Voters: The Assembly Elections Committee approved a bill (AB 2240) by Assemblyman John Vasconcellos (D-Santa Clara) to allow voter registration up to 15 days before Election Day instead of the current 29 days, and also on the last Saturday and Sunday before a general election. It also would remove voters from the rolls who fail to vote in two consecutive general election cycles. A 6-2 vote sent the bill to the Ways and Means Committee. Senate Floor Action:
Pesticides: Passed and sent to the Assembly on a 24-5 vote a bill (SB 669) by Sen. Nicholas C. Petris (D-Oakland) to require farmers to post fields when applying pesticides to warn farm workers of possible health hazards. The governor vetoed a similar bill last year.
Murder: Passed and sent to the Assembly on a 28-0 vote a bill (SB 736) by Sen. Daniel E. Boatwright (D-Concord) to double the prison sentence for those convicted of solicitation of murder. The current sentencing range of two to six years would go to four to 12 years.
AIDS: The Senate Health Committee approved a bill (SB 1001) by Sen. John Doolittle (R-Citrus Heights) to require applicants for marriage licenses to take AIDS tests. An 8-0 vote sent the bill to the Appropriations Committee.
Transfers: The Senate Elections Committee defeated a bill (SB 1127) by Sen. Joseph B. Montoya (D-Whittier) to prohibit the transfer of campaign contributions from one candidate to another. The bill received a 1-0 vote with four yes votes required for approval.