SACRAMENTO -- The Legislature's Democratic leaders touted their passage of a state budget ahead of their constitutional deadline, but no one was happier about the swift final votes than Assemblyman Roger Hernandez.

The West Covina Democrat had scheduled his wedding for Saturday in Southern California.

He left the Capitol shortly before the Assembly adjourned so he could catch his flight and make the 3:30 p.m. ceremony.

Asked why he had scheduled the nuptials the same day as the Legislature's budget deadline, Hernandez told The Associated Press he initially didn't think of it when his fiancee suggested getting married on June 15.

The date worked for the church and reception hall the couple wanted to book for their event. It wasn't until about two weeks after his bride-to-be proposed the date that its legislative significance "dawned on" him, Hernandez said.

Legislators approved the main budget bill on Friday, but a handful of accompanying measures were left to be completed on Saturday.

"It's definitely an opportunity for me to make a compelling argument to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle that we should work as efficiently as possible to get the job done," Hernandez said in an interview Saturday morning.

Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, began Saturday's session by reminding lawmakers of Hernandez's conflict.


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"We will do everything we can to get you to your wedding, Mr. Hernandez, but that counts on the assistance of your colleagues," he said.

In the end, they obliged, sending the $96.3 billion Democratic spending plan to the governor's desk. Later in the day, one of the invited guests, Democratic Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez of Coachella, posted a Twitter message that included a photograph of the wedding party at the event.

Hernandez married Baldwin Park City Councilwoman Susan Rubio and was expecting about a half-dozen lawmakers to attend the wedding.

The second-term lawmaker made headlines last year after he was arrested for drunken driving, but he was later found not guilty.

A former girlfriend also accused him of hitting her during an argument, but Los Angeles County prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to file charges.