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Now that Memorial Day is in the rear-view mirror, get ready for an avalanche of bills this week.

Friday is the deadline for the California Legislature to pass measures out of their house of origin.

Both houses will be tied up with floor sessions all week, and no committees will be meeting. Today, the Senate convenes at noon, and the Assembly at 1 p.m.

How many bills are pending? Aides said last Friday that the Senate will be working its way through approximately 160 measures, while the Assembly has about 225 on its plate.

Bills to watch in the upper house include Senate Bill 1234, by Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles. This would set up a state-run pension plan for private-sector employees not covered by a retirement plan.

On the Assembly side, Assembly Bill 2312 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, would regulate the medical marijuana industry and allow local governments to impose up to a 5 percent tax on sales.

Come back to Capitol Alert as we follow the sessions later today.

It's also just a short week away from next Tuesday's presidential primary.

How many people will vote? The secretary of state's office says that registered-voter turnout in California's presidential primaries since 1980 has ranged from 28.2 percent to 63.3 percent, a rather large spread.

More than 17 million Californians were registered by April 6. The secretary of state's office will issue a new count on Friday.


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