The Assembly late Monday voted 77 to 0 to approve SB 735, which restores $98 million to community colleges that Davis had cut from the 2001-02 budget. The funding reduction triggered opposition from Democratic and Republican lawmakers and spawned a grass-roots campaign by community college officials who lobbied hard to have the money returned.
In other action Monday:
* The Senate approved a bill that restores $2.6 million in general funding to the Department of Health Services for county maternal and child health services. The measure, AB 1147 by Assemblywoman Helen Thomson (D-Davis), passed on a 28-5 vote. Davis had vetoed the money from the 2001-02 budget--a move that is estimated to cause a funding reduction of $6.7 million when federal matching funds are taken into consideration. It still needs final Assembly approval.
* The Assembly approved a bill that would allow the state to buy the "cornfield," a property near downtown Los Angeles, for a public park. The measure, SB 1177, by Sen. Richard Polanco (D-Los Angeles), passed on a 47-26 vote. It still needs final Senate approval.
* Times staff writer Carl Ingram contributed to this story.