Lawmakers Punt On Remaining Budget Bills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California begins a new fiscal year Friday, but a few pieces of the spending plan remain unsettled as lawmakers head home for a monthlong break. The Assembly and Senate adjourned Thursday without passing three of the 17 bills that comprise the state budget. They affect energy, natural resources and transportation policy. While the Assembly, Senate and governor have agreed to the bulk of the spending plan for the next fiscal year, a handful of minor provisions remain sticking points. For example, the Assembly's version of one bill would restrict orca breeding and performances. The Senate's version does not. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state's $122.5 billion spending plan earlier this week. The delay in passing measures known as "trailer bills" does not restrict the state's ability to spend money.