Horse Racing: SB 14 by Sen. Ken Maddy (R-Fresno) permits Southern California bettors to wager on out-of-town horse races as they watch live telecasts of the races at tracks and fairgrounds throughout the region.
Solid Waste: AB 2448 by Assemblywoman Delaine Eastin (D-Union City) imposes a new fee on landfill operators based on the amount of solid waste handled to raise an estimated $100 million for Superfund landfill cleanup work.
Open Meetings: SB 200 by Senate President Pro Tem David A. Roberti (D-Los Angeles) limits closed-door local governmental meetings by requiring public justification for closed sessions that involve potential litigation.
Lemon Autos: AB 2057 by Assemblywoman Sally Tanner (D-El Monte) requires the state to set up a monitoring program to ensure proper functioning of automobile manufacturer-run arbitration programs for complaints filed by "lemon auto" purchasers.
Air Pollution: AB 2588 by Assemblyman Lloyd G. Connelly (D-Sacramento) requires manufacturers and users of toxic chemicals that could be released into the air to provide a full accounting of any hazardous emissions.
Bills Vetoed: Teen-age Parenting: AB 2138 by Assemblyman Dominic L. Cortese (D-San Jose) would have provided $4.8 million for a pilot teen-age parent education and child care program. The governor said he felt other existing state programs are already meeting this need.
Class Size: SB 436 by Sen. Gary K. Hart (D-Santa Barbara) would have provided $75 million in bonuses to school districts that reduce class size in English, mathematics, science and social science in grades 9 through 12. The governor said he felt class size reduction programs should be accomplished by giving school districts the discretion to fund them with existing resources.
Miscellany Vietnam Memorial: With the theme from the "Green Berets" playing softly in the background, entertainer Bob Hope joined Gov. George Deukmejian on the east lawn of the state Capitol to break ground for a Vietnam veterans' memorial. The plaza style monument to the 5,800 Californians who died in the war is expected to cost $2 million and will feature a map of the combat zone, a battle scene tableaux and a bronze statute of a soldier reading a letter from home. Officials said $775,000 has been donated to date. And Deukmejian has signed into law a bill allowing state income tax refund contributions to pay for the remainder. Noting that construction will begin even though less than half of the cost has been raised, B. T. Collins, a former Green Beret and one-time chief of staff to former Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr., cracked, "This is typical of the way we did things in Vietnam."