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Two bills by Sen. Tom Berryhill approved by committee

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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:38 am, Thu Apr 12, 2012.

A bill that would require the Department of Industrial Relations to put on its website a full list of every statute dealing with state-mandated construction wages, or prevailing wage, has been approved by the Senate Labor Committee.

Prevailing wage statutes are in numerous government code sections, including Fish and Game, Streets and Highway, Water and Labor codes.

"SB 1370 will make it easier for businesses to determine whether their project is subject to prevailing wage," said State Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Oakdale, who authored the bill. "Having a one-stop shop for all prevailing wage statutes will save time, get projects going and put people to work."

SB 1370 will next be heard in Senate Appropriations Committee.

On Tuesday, another Berryhill-sponsored bill was approved by the Senate Governmental Organization Committee. Senate Bill 1418 would permit combined fair horse races to occur year round. Current law only allows these races between July 1 and Oct. 31, but authorizes the California Horse Racing Board to allocate dates.

"SB 1418 will correct an oversight in current law which has restricted horse racing at fairs," Berryhill said in a news release. "Allowing year-round racing will provide a boost to a valuable industry and provide jobs and much needed revenues for California's fairs."

Berryhill represents the Lodi area in the State Senate, but last year's redistricting will move him to a district centered in Stanislaus County.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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