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Budget vote or no budget vote?

With floor sessions expected in both the Assembly and the Senate, education advocates take to the Capitol steps this morning to urge lawmakers to approve Gov. Jerry Brown's budget and put his tax-extension proposal on the ballot.

State schools chief Tom Torlakson joins representatives of the Education Coalition of California to talk about the effects of an all-cuts budget on schools.

Other listed speakers include Association of California School Administrators officials Bob Noyes and Bob Wells, PTA President Jo Loss, and representatives of the California School Boards Association, the California State Employees Association, the California Teachers Association and the California Association of School Business Officials.

That rally starts at 9 a.m. on the Capitol's south steps.

Later, members of the California State Student Association and the Student Senate for California Community Colleges march from the California Auto Museum in Old Sacramento to the Capitol's west steps to demand support for affordable education. The march starts at 11 a.m.; a rally follows at noon.

Don't be surprised, however, if you see something that looks like a giant colon on the north side of the Capitol.

That's because it is a giant colon. Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, joins radiation oncologist Dale Hunter and others to discuss a resolution that declares March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Their news conference starts at 10 a.m., and the 10-foot-by-20-foot colon will be on display from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Members of the public will be able to walk through it. All the jokes have already been told.

HEARING: The Assembly Appropriations Committee takes up two Senate bills today: Senate Bill X1 1 on training for clean technology and renewable energy jobs, and Senate Bill X1 2 to require that utilities get 33 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Find that meeting in the Capitol's Room 4202 starting at 11 a.m.

REDISTRICTING: Columnist Dan Walters on Sunday examined how legislative districts might be redrawn to account for population shifts in the past 10 years. Click here for his Capitol Alert post on the numbers.


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