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Well, what an exciting week that was. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly's loaded gun. Gov. Jerry Brown's surprise budget. Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi's no contest plea. What's next for California lawmakers?

Both the Senate and the Assembly have scheduled sessions today, the upper house at 2 p.m. and the lower house at noon. Policy committees in both houses face a deadline of Friday for moving fiscal bills along to the fiscal committees. Check out the Senate's schedule here, and the Assembly's schedule here.

Another red-letter day: Jan. 31, which is the deadline for both the Senate and the Assembly to pass any measures introduced last year.

As for the rest of the week, Tuesday was when Brown had originally announced he'd unveil his budget. Now that that's out of the way, political junkies can watch the oral arguments before the California Supreme Court on the state Senate maps instead. CalChannel will be live webcasting the proceedings starting at 9 a.m. Tune in at this link.

Meanwhile, will the referendum challenging the Senate maps need to go to a full signature count? As of Friday, 13 counties still needed to report their numbers to the secretary of state. They have until Tuesday to do so.

LUNCHEON: U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, will be talking with Mark Baldassare, president of the Public Policy Institute of California, about issues ranging from the budget to water policy at a luncheon at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento starting at noon. For more information about the event, click here.

HEALTH CARE: Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, talks up his Senate Bill 810, which calls for single-payer health care coverage, as he talks with health care students during their annual lobbying day, starting at noon on the Capitol's north steps.



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