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Political Watch 10/10/13

• Covered California opened for business on Oct. 1, and started peddling insurance options to the public as part of the Affordable Care Act. The online health insurance exchange came online the same day as HealthCare.gov. Users of California’s new online system complained about pages not loading, error messages, and slowness. The website went dark over the first weekend so some of the glitches could be mended. Twelve regional and statewide health plans are participating in the exchange. Open enrollment runs until March 31, 2014. Those who can pick a plan by Dec. 15 will have coverage as of Jan. 1, 2014.

• The Santa Barbara County Republican Party has its monthly meeting coming up on Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at Pea Soup Andersen’s Restaurant in Buellton.

• Gov. Jerry Brown has until Oct. 13 to finalize his decisions on bills passed during the 2013 legislative session. Over the last month Brown has signed bills into law regulating hydraulic fracturing, raising California’s minimum wage, and offering driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. According to the Sacramento Bee a few heavily lobbied measures are still awaiting pen strokes from the governor, “including bills that would ban lead ammunition, bar out-of-state athletes from claiming worker’s compensation, and change the statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases.”