VIDEO: Dan Walters, in his latest video report, says California had a hard week last week, and then counts the ways.
If you were hoping last week was nothing but a long, bad dream, Capitol Alert is sorry to disappoint you. The Senate has scheduled 11 hearings this week to consider Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget, including two today that will look at health and general government issues. Two Assembly budget panels meet today as well.
The Senate Appropriations Committee, meanwhile, continues working through fiscal bills as its members face Friday's deadline for approving measures and sending them on to the Senate floor. One measure of note is Senate Bill 1001 by Democrat Leland Yee, which would increase the filing fee for lobbyists to $50 a year and require political committees receiving contributions of $1,000 or more a year to pay it as well.
Outside the building, hundreds are expected to rally on the Capitol's north steps for the 16th annual Immigrant Day, which organizers say will draw busloads of immigrants from San Diego to San Francisco. Following a procession from the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on 11th Street, participants will visit legislators. Listed speakers include Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, and Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, several Democratic and Republican Assembly members are holding a presser to tout Assembly Bill 1589, which would set up a California State Parks Protection Fund. Listed speakers include Democrats Jared Huffman, Wes Chesbro and Roger Dickinson, and Republicans Kevin Jeffries, Diane Harkey and Kristin Olsen. Robert Hanna, a great-great-grandson of John Muir, is also expected to speak. The event starts at 11 a.m. near the fish pond on the east side of the Capitol.
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