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California's safety net gets scrutinized for the second day in a row as the Senate Budget Committee considers Gov. Jerry Brown's proposals for cutting and redesigning the state's CalWORKs and child care programs.

Listed speakers include Brian Uhler and Rachel Ehlers of the Legislative Analyst's Office, state schools chief Tom Torlakson, representatives of the departments of Finance and Social Services, program recipients and others. See how the Assembly committee handled Brown's welfare proposals on Wednesday in Kevin Yamamura's report.

Both the Assembly and the Senate meet at 9 a.m. The Senate Budget Committee is set to start its hearing in the Capitol's Room 4203 at 9:30 a.m. or after the session adjourns in the upper house. Read the committee agenda at this link. The LAO report on Brown's proposals on CalWORKs and child care can be accessed here.

Outside the Capitol, Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla teams up with Google officials to tout his Senate Bill 1298, which would establish guidelines for so-called "autonomous vehicles" in California. He's even expected to show up in Google's self-driving car. The curious can watch a video taken last year from the back of the thing and posted on Youtube. The presser starts at 10 a.m. on the west steps.

Death penalty opponents, meanwhile, announce filing signatures aimed at qualifying a ballot measure to repeal the death penalty and establish life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Listed speakers include El Dorado County Supervisor Ron Briggs, whose father, former Sen. John Briggs, sponsored the 1978 ballot measure reinstating California's death penalty. The Bee's Carlos Alcalá talked to the younger Briggs earlier this week. The event starts at 10 a.m. in the Secretary of State Office's courtyard, 1500 11th St.

Democrats, Republicans and nonpartisans don't agree on much, but they agree on this: Congress is doing a lousy job. In fact, only 12 percent of voters in each of those groups approve of the way things are going in Washington, according to the latest Field Poll.

For more numbers, click here to read the statistical tabulations compiled exclusively for Capitol Alert. You can find the publicly released poll itself at this link.

CHAMBER: Sacramento Metro Chamber members will hear from Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor at a luncheon during their annual legislative summit at the Sutter Club, 1220 9th St., Sacramento.

MUSIC: The Glendora High School Orchestra will be performing at noon on the Capitol's west steps.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Democratic Assemblywoman Alyson Huber turns 40 today.



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