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Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to take his pitch for his compromise tax measure to the California State Association of Counties, whose members are in Sacramento today and Thursday for a legislative conference.

Brown is also expected to discuss his revised budget proposal at a luncheon scheduled at the Hyatt Regency across L Street from the Capitol, according to the program agenda for the event.

County supervisors will also be talking about realignment of health and human services as well as the end of redevelopment agencies.

Other listed speakers at the CSAC conference include Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Senate Republican leader Bob Huff, and Brown adviser Diane Cummins, all of whom address a general session starting at 8:30 a.m.

Under the dome, both the Assembly and the Senate meet at 10 a.m. for their second day of floor sessions this week to work through bills.

The Board of Equalization, meanwhile, is holding a public hearing on implementing last year's Assembly Bill 155, the compromise legislation on collecting sales tax from Amazon.com and other Internet retail operations.

Alert readers will remember that Amazon agreed to drop its efforts to put a measure on the ballot in exchange for the state delaying collection of that tax until Sept. 15 of this year -- that is, unless Congress comes up with a deal by July 31. (Capitol Alert is not holding its breath.) The meeting starts at 10 a.m. at 450 N St. Click here to read the agenda.

LIVE CHAT: Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, and Jon Fleischman, conservative FlashReport blogger and co-chairman of Californians for Term Limits, mix it up on a ballot proposal to change legislative term limits. Proposition 28 would shorten the amount of time legislators could serve from 14 years to 12 years but allow them to serve all of them in one house. The chat runs from noon to 1 p.m. at sacbee.com/live. Bring your questions.

CAPITOL STEPS: Advocates for the disabled rally on the west steps at 11 a.m. for their 9th annual Disability Capitol Action Day sponsored by the Disability Action Coalition. Listed speakers include Secretary of State Debra Bowen and Sens. Ellen Corbett, Loni Hancock, Mark Leno and Michael Rubio as well as Assembly members Bonnie Lowenthal and Wesley Chesbro.

PRIMARY: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is hitting the California ATM again with fundraisers scheduled today and Thursday in both Northern and Southern California. Here's the Hollywood Reporter's take on his latest visit, which comes just days before the state's presidential primary.



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