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Members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus are introducing a resolution today urging an economic boycott of Arizona in light of the state's controversial anti-illegal immigration law.

The resolution, introduced by Sen. Gil Cedillo, calls for a travel advisory and a suspension of California's investments in the Grand Canyon State until the law, Arizona SB 1070, is repealed. It also petitions Major League Baseball to strip Arizona of hosting the 2011 All-Star Game.

Local governments in several major cities, including Los Angeles and Sacramento, have already approved boycotts.

Some economic and industry experts warn that a full boycott would be difficult and likely have a detrimental impact on California's own economy.

As many as 40 legislators have signed on as sponsors, but Democratic leaders appear split on the issue. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has backed a boycott, while Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, has said he does not think a boycott is the answer.

The measure will be introduced at an 11:00 a.m. news conference on the Capitol's west steps.

Also under the dome, the Senate Rules Committee considers two of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's appointees to the Delta Stewardship Council: lobbyist and former Democratic Assemblyman Philip Isenberg and Natural Heritage Institute director of legal services Richard Roos-Collins. UPDATE 9:28 a.m. The Rules confirmation vote on Isenberg and Roos-Collins has been postponed.

Lawmakers will also honor men and women of service at the annual Veterans Recognition Luncheon. The event, sponsored by the Assembly Veterans Committee, is at 11:45 a.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center.

GOVERNOR: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is spending a second day with Russian Federation President Dmitry Medvedev. The two will tour Cisco Systems in San Jose at 11:30 a.m.

MARCH AND RALLY: An estimated 600 youth, parents and clergy from California congregations stage a march to the Capitol to call on lawmakers to shield education, health care and other programs impacting the state's youth from deep budget cuts. The march culminates in an 11:15 a.m. rally at the Capitol.

FOOTBALL FUNDRAISERS: Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and Assemblyman Bill Monning, D-Carmel, are holding competing fundraisers to watch the World Cup match between the United States and Algeria this morning

SENATE 2010: Republican nominee Carly Fiorina continues her jobs tour today, speaking about her economic plan at a round table of female voters in Los Angeles.


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