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Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is delivering her first State of the Judiciary address this afternoon before a joint session of the California Legislature.

Watch today's Dan Walters Daily to learn why her talk promises to attract more attention than those of her predecessors. Think rebel judges and the computer case management system whose expansion an Assembly panel voted to block last week.

Cantil-Sakauye will address lawmakers in Assembly chambers starting at 4 p.m. The California Channel will broadcast the event and also stream it live on its website. If you'd rather watch it on TV, click here to search a list of cable stations that carry the channel.

Both houses are convening today as well, with the Assembly meeting at noon and the Senate at 2 p.m. Committee hearings will work around the sessions and Cantil-Sakauye's address, with the Business, Environmental Quality and Appropriations committees meeting on the Senate side, and the Transportation and Utilities committees meeting on the Assembly side.

One measure of note, Senate Bill 984, would streamline preparation of CEQA records. The Senate Environmental Quality Committee will hear Sen. Joe Simitian's urgency measure and other bills in the Capitol's Room 112 starting at 1:30 p.m.

Click here to read the Senate's complete daily file, and click here for the Assembly's.

Speaking of the Legislature, even political junkies can have a hard time figuring out where the lines are on the newly drawn legislative and congressional districts in California. Search for addresses and ZIP codes on The Bee's interactive maps at this link.


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