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The interim policy summit of the day is "Crime & Punishment Revisited: Sentencing in a Post-Plata World," hosted by the UC Davis School of Law beginning at 9 a.m.

Organizers say it's a well-timed event.

California is seeking to navigate the terrain between the U.S. Supreme Court's decision earlier this year in Brown v. Plata - which requires the state to cut its prison population - and the state's budgetary decision to shift responsibility for some offenders to the counties.

Participants include Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, retired Sacramento County Sheriff (and KFBK talk radio host) John McGinness, Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Steve White, Sacramento Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, Dept. of Corrections & Rehabilitation Secretary Matthew Cate and Stuart Drown, executive director of the Little Hoover Commission. Gov. Jerry Brown will be represented by deputy legislative secretary Aaron Maguire.

The event, which ends at 4:30 p.m., will be webcast live at

Local retailers who want online companies to collect sales taxes are in Washington, D.C., where they are urging Congress to develop federal law on the issue.

Legislation to collect the taxes in California, you might remember, is on hold to give all parties time to hammer out a federal solution.

Among the Californians on the trip: Mike Jacubowsky of Chain Reaction Bicycles in Redwood City; Alzada Knickerbocker of The Avid Reader in Davis; Brian Perry of the California Cartridge Company in Visalia and Anne Mery of The Grove in San Diego.

They'll join small business owners from Arkansas, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

The group will participate in a 1 p.m. ET press conference with Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier of California and Rep. Steve Womack, an Arkansas Republican.

Raman Singh, chief minister of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, will visit the Capitol to talk to California lawmakers about the Golden State's use of solar energy. He'll be meeting with Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Brown.


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