Marathon man: Sen. Tom Torlakson

Sen. Tom Torlakson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, is a very busy man this week.

Now that the deadlock on the state budget has been resolved, Torlakson’s committee has only a few weeks to hear more than 300 appropriations bills before the Legislature adjourns next month.

The legislator from Antioch has been so busy running the committee that staff is bringing him his meals at the dais and he takes very few breaks.

Of course, that might also have something to do with the fact that Torlakson probably doesn’t want to hand over the gavel to the committee’s vice chairman, the conservative GOP Sen. Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks.

Who know what the committee might vote on while Torlakson is in the bathroom?

Lisa Vorderbrueggen