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Higher education brings out big guns today in the budget wars, with University of California President Mark Yudof, California State University Chancellor Charles Reed and Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott pleading their case for sparing colleges and universities from more cuts.

They kick off Higher Education Advocacy Day at 9 a.m. on the Capitol's west steps. Gov. Jerry Brown is set to meet with them privately later this morning.

Brown -- who's expected to take his budget message on the road -- is also scheduled to speak at 10 a.m. to the state's doctors, who are in town for the California Medical Association's annual legislative leadership conference.

The morning meeting at Sacramento's Sheraton Grand also includes a talk by Diana Dooley, whom Brown appointed to head the state Health and Human Services Agency, as well as a panel discussion on legislative health-care issues featuring two freshman Assembly members: pediatrician Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, and surgeon Linda Halderman, R-Fresno.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will give the lunchtime keynote speech to the association, which is also sponsoring a health fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Capitol's north steps.

The Legislature isn't holding floor sessions, but committees meet in both houses. The Senate schedule is here, and the Assembly schedule is here.

Measures scheduled to be heard include Assemblyman Tim Donnelly's Assembly Bill 26, which -- among other things -- would bar public officials and agencies from adopting a policy limiting or restricting enforcement of federal immigration laws.

The Twin Peaks Republican's measure is set to come up during the Assembly Judiciary Committee, which starts at 9 a.m. in Room 4202.

Other measures include Senate Bill 48 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, which would require public school materials to include the historical contributions of gay people as a way to fight bullying.

It's similar to a proposal that the Legislature approved in 2006 and that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger then vetoed. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider Leno's bill starting at 3 p.m. in Room 4203.

RALLY: The California Coalition for Youth rallies for homeless youth on the Capitol's south steps starting at 10 a.m. following a march that starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites, 100 Capitol Mall. The group is highlighting two Democrats' legislative proposals: Senate Bill 123 by Sen. Carol Liu of La Cañada Flintridge to set up a statewide plan to counter the problem, and Senate Bill 119 by Sen. Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach to license emergency youth shelters.

PHOTO GALLERY: The Bee's popular "Anatomy of the Budget" gallery, outlining Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal, has been updated to reflect action in the Legislature. How will widespread cuts and structural changes in state government affect you? Click here for the photo gallery. And click here for The Bee's budget coverage.



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