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The Senate is gone for the weekend, but the state Assembly will convene again today to deal with about two dozen bills still seeking to make it out of the house.

Assembly members grumpy about meeting on Friday might be blaming the Western States Council of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which
named Democratic Speaker John A. Pérez its "person of the year" in San Diego on Thursday night.

Of course, a brief Republican walk-out and time spent on a resolution honoring Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn't help with efforts to clear the file on Thursday.

But the speaker's office says it had always planned a Friday session -- which starts at 10 a.m. -- and hopes to be done by 5 p.m. The speaker might also hold a quick Democratic caucus on the budget to update members before the weekend.

Casualties of the house-of-origin deadline so far include Sen. Ellen Corbett's Senate Bill 242, which sought to give social network users more control over their online private information, as well as an assortment of measures proposed to police lawmakers' own behavior.

With the flurry over legislation dying down, the building is beginning to buzz about the first batch of legislative district maps due for release by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission next Friday.

Find the first, blurry versions of what those lines might look like here.

But these "visualizations" are starting points based only on public testimony so far.

So if you find your legislator is out of his or her district or facing a tough party primary, it's too soon to panic - or rejoice.

The commission will use these maps to give direction to its line drawers, who will produce the first drafts of district maps on June 10. Following more public hearings and revisions, look for final versions on August 15.


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