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To post or not to post? California's watchdog agency is discussing whether to let judges keep their annual financial disclosure statements off the Internet.

The Fair Political Practices Commission already posts statements of economic interest for legislators, the governor and other constitutional officers. But the California Judges Association wants the judges' Form 700s to remain offline public records, as The Bee's Torey Van Oot reported last week.

Staff members, meanwhile, have "agreed to allow judges to submit a second version of their respective statements omitting sensitive information as a supplement to their original statements," the commission's general counsel and commission counsel told FPPC head Ann Ravel in a memo last month.

The FPPC will consider the matter at its meeting, which starts at 10 a.m. at 428 J St., Suite 800, in Sacramento. Click here for the agenda, and scroll down to Discussion Item 44 to find links to a staff memo and other documents.

Online gambling, meanwhile, gets all-day attention at a conference at the Crest Theatre conducted by Capitol Weekly and the University of California. Four panels will look in turn at financial impacts, sovereignty, technology and the politics. Sen. Rod Wright, D-Inglewood, gives the lunch keynote address. Listed sponsors include the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and the California Tribal Business Alliance.

Today's Dan Walters Daily explores Gov. Jerry Brown "paddling on the left" to compromise with the California Federation of Teachers on a tax ballot measure.

Under the dome, both the Assembly and the Senate convene at 9 a.m., with four budget panels meeting in the upper house at 9:30 a.m. or after the session adjourns.

The education subcommittee looks at Brown's proposals on the University of California and California State University systems, as well as Hastings College of the Law. You'll find that hearing in the Capitol's Room 3191. The health and human services panel, in Room 4203, considers CalFresh, In-Home Supportive Services, CalWORKs and related programs and departments. Another subcommittee has the California Department of Veterans Affairs, the Military Department and the state Emergency Management Agency on its agenda in Room 112. And in Room 113, the Office of the Inspector General and female offenders under the purview of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation both get a look.

For more information about other hearings, click here for the Senate's daily file, and click here for the Assembly's.

PRESSER: Legislative Republicans unveil Assembly Bill 1506 to repeal a new rural fire fee, whose legality they question and which they call a tax. Listed participants include Assembly members Kevin Jeffries, Paul Cook, Jim Nielsen and Kristin Olsen as well as Sen. Doug LaMalfa and Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. The events starts at 10:30 a.m. in the Capitol's Room 127.

ELECTION 2012: Democrat Ami Bera, who's challenging GOP Rep. Dan Lungren, will join Democratic Assemblyman Richard Pan of Sacramento and others at Obama for America's watch party from 4 to 7 p.m. in its Sacramento headquarters at 6760 Folsom Blvd. for the premiere of Davis Guggenheim's documentary "The Road We've Traveled," a retrospective of the 2008 election and President Barack Obama's time in office. Lungren, meanwhile, is holding another in a series of town halls tonight at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

CALLING ALL CANDIDATES: The Sacramento Bee is again publishing its Voter Guide for online and print. The online version will allow readers to enter their home address and see a "ballot" of candidates and initiatives just for their location. If you're running for office in the June primary in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado or Yolo counties, you're invited to create a profile on our Voter Guide. If you haven't received an invitation from us through email, please contact Pete Basofin at


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