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Republican lawmakers are gathering Tuesday and Wednesday for a two-day policy conference with guest speakers -- including Gov. Jerry Brown -- at the spacious California Farm Bureau building in Sacramento.

Not surprisingly, the Republicans intend to focus heavily on the budget crisis and job creation at their annual conference, according to Jann Taber, spokeswoman for Senate minority leader Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga. The caucuses of both houses also expect to hear talks on business regulatory reform ideas, which has been a perennial issue for both minority caucuses.

Senate and Assembly members plan to hold separate meetings for each house as well as joint gatherings. In addition to Brown, speakers will include Mike Genest, former finance director for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Peter Schaafsma, who worked for 11 years as fiscal staff director for the Assembly Republican Caucus.

Schaafsma recently joined Genest's private consulting firm.

Stuart Drown, executive director of the Little Hoover Commission, is scheduled to talk about regulatory reform ideas, Taber said.


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