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Tuesday is the deadline for the California Legislature to pass bills introduced last year out of their house of origin. The Assembly meets at noon, the Senate at 2 p.m.

In the lower house, measures to watch include Democratic Assemblyman Charles Calderon's Assembly Bill 1208 on the Judicial Council, which The Bee's Dan Walters called a "rebel-sponsored bill" sparked by California judges' civil war over money and power. A majority vote wins approval.

Should the three largest funders be clearly identified on political ads? Assembly Bill 1148, by Democratic Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, which would require just that, is expected to come up for a vote in the Assembly on Tuesday. It requires a two-thirds vote to pass.

On the Senate side, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's Senate Bill 654 -- which also requires a two-thirds vote -- would let local governments keep redevelopment money budgeted for low- and moderate-income housing. It would also affect repayment of loans from local governments.

Other measures to follow include Senate Constitutional Amendment 4, introduced by Democratic Sen. Mark DeSaulnier. The proposal, another needing a two-thirds vote, would require ballot initiatives to identify a funding source to pay for any additional costs. The California State Association of Counties supports the proposal, while the California Taxpayers Association and Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association oppose it, according to a Senate Committee analysis. Votes in the Senate Elections and Appropriations committees split along party lines. Opponents have argued that the measure could require tax cuts to be considered costs to the treasury that would require a funding source.

FOSTER YOUTH: The California Youth Connection, a group of current and former foster youth, rally on the Capitol's west steps at noon to urge support for more services for foster youth on California's public university and college campuses.



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