State Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) celebrated a legislative victory at Pasadena nonprofit AbilityFirst late last month, toasting one of six Liu bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011.
Liu enjoyed more legislative success in 2011 than she did a year earlier, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger torpedoed a Liu measure offering renters notice about foreclosures on their dwellings.
“For me, a Democratic governor makes a difference,” Liu said.
Overall, Liu saw six bills signed, none vetoed and has 18 bills pending in the 2011-12 legislative session. Many lawmakers’ proposals for large-scale reforms in government policy or spending were tabled in 2011 while Brown and lawmakers battled over the state budget deficit.
“The bills that wound up needing more work all have to do with reform,” Liu said. “We’re going to come back and deal with those next year.”
The measure Liu and Ability First leaders marked at the Oct. 20 party altered a state law that effectively outlawed a common practice at the center — allowing developmentally disabled clients who are 18 and older to continue in training programs that also include high-school-age students.