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Lawmakers are looking at what Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal means for all aspects of state government and services in a series of subcommittee hearings kicking off today.

First up at bat today is the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Education in the Senate (2:30 p.m. in Room 3191) and the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on State Administration (2 p.m. in Room 437).

The next several weeks are stuffed with budget hearings -- 27 scheduled in the Senate and 29 in the Assembly -- as Democrats scramble to meet an early March deadline for putting Brown's proposed tax extensions on the ballot.

See the full lineup of scheduled hearings in the Daily File for the Assembly and the Senate.

Also under the dome, the Senate is scheduled to meet for a 2 p.m. floor session. The Assembly will convene its session at noon.

MOVING POSTS: Jeannie Oropeza, the Schwarzenegger administration's top aide on education funding, has a new job with state schools chief Tom Torlakson. The Department of Finance veteran, who has worked for Democratic and Republican administrations, will join the Democratic superintendent of public instruction as the deputy superintendent of the fiscal, technology, and administration branch of the California Department of Education.

SUPREME COURT: State Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno steps down in five weeks. Vote for whom you think Brown will appoint to the bench using our reader-generated short list at this link.

SPECIAL ELECTION: Today is the filing deadline for candidates planning to run for the vacant 4th Assembly District seat. More than a half dozen candidates have said they will run in the March 8 special primary.

TALK: Freshman Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, will be on the "Varney & Co." show on the Fox Business Network live today at 7 a.m. Pacific Time talking about Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget. Check back later today on Capitol Alert for a fact check on Donnelly's video ripping the plan.

Editor's note: A previous version of this post misstated the name of Fox Business Network as Fox Business Channel.


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