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Dan Walters, in today's video report, says California's business interests have been doing pretty well in killing measures they label "job killers."

California's high-speed rail project, which the Legislative Analyst recommended Tuesday should not receive construction funding, gets a double-barreled look today from committees in both houses.

An Assembly budget subcommittee considers the High-Speed Rail Authority's revised business plan at a hearing from 9 a.m. to noon in the Capitol's Room 447. Then a Senate budget subcommittee takes up the subject at 2:30 p.m. in Room 112, or after the Senate Rules Committee adjourns.

Speaking of the Rules Committee, Gov. Jerry Brown adviser Steven Glazer is required to show up as members consider his appointment to the California State University board. His confirmation hearing was put on hold last week as Brown trolled for Republican support.

Also required to appear: former legislator Hector De La Torre, who Brown has named to the California Air Resources Board, and Mark Cowin, the director of Water Resources. The Rules Committee hearing starts at 1 p.m. in Room 113.

Education committees are also meeting in both chambers, with the upper house's panel considering dueling bills on school employee discipline. In fact, the lists of committees and bills are long as the Legislature faces its next deadline: April 27 is the last day for policy committees to move along fiscal measures introduced in that house. Click here for the Senate's daily file, and click here for the Assembly's.

Outside the building, Lockheed Martin officials are setting up an F-35 cockpit demonstrator to highlight the fighter aircraft's national security role as well as its economic impact on the state. Assembly members Betsy Butler, D-Los Angeles, and Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, will also be talking up their legislative resolution urging Congress to support the F-35 program. Both of them count aerospace manufacturers in their districts and serve on the Assembly's Select Committee on Aerospace, with Butler as chair. The presser starts at 11:30 a.m. on the Capitol's west steps.

PASSOVER SEDER: The 47th annual Sen. Herschel Rosenthal Passover Seder, a Capitol tradition, takes place tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sacramento's Albert Einstein Residence Center. Listed participants include Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, Assembly members Marty Block, Bob Blumenfield, Mike Feuer, Linda Halderman, Bonnie Lowenthal and Jeff Miller, and Sens. Mark Leno, Alan Lowenthal and Lois Wolk.

ANSEL ADAMS: Gary F. Kurutz, recently retired as director of the California State Library's special collections, will be discussing California icon Ansel Adams at a California State Library Foundation talk tonight, starting at 6 p.m. at the library, 900 N St.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, turns 65 today.



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