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Dan Walters, in today's video report, explains how the term-limits measure on the June ballot would affect California legislators now in office.

Gov. Jerry Brown is Modesto-bound to attend the funeral service for Robert Paris, the Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy who was shot and killed April 12 as he tried to serve an eviction notice.

Locksmith Glendon Engert was shot to death along with Paris. A badly burned body was found the next day in the charred ruins of the building where Paris had tried to serve the notice. Police later identified the well-armed body as that of Jim Ferrario, who they said died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to this Associated Press report.

The funeral service for Paris starts at noon at Big Valley Grace Community Church in Modesto.

Back at the Capitol, the California Highway Patrol is teaming up this morning with the Senate and Assembly sergeants-at-arms for an emergency drill that may require evacuation of the building.

Speaking of emergencies and preparedness, a Senate select committee will hear from State Auditor Elaine Howle, State Architect Chet Widom and others on seismic safety standards and construction oversight at California's public schools. The hearing, which follows up on a 2011 state audit report, starts at 10 a.m. at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley.

Down in the south state, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Assemblywoman Holly J. Mitchell are meeting with UCLA students to talk up Pérez's "middle-class scholarship" measures, Assembly Bills 1500 and 1501. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Fowler Museum's Lenart Auditorium at UCLA.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Two legislators celebrate their birthdays on Sunday. Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, turns 57, and Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, turns 41.


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