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VIDEO: Dan Walters says in today's video report that even though California legislators have a month to pass a budget, the real action won't start until June 6.

Neither house has a floor session scheduled today, and many budget panels have yet to gear up.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee keeps working through dozens of fiscal measures, including Assembly Bill 1501, one of Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez's "middle-class scholarship" measures, and Assembly Bill 1616, Assemblyman Mike Gatto's proposal to lift restrictions on homemade prepared food. That hearing starts at 9 a.m. in the Capitol's room 4202.

The Senate Rules Committee considers the governor's appointments starting at 1:30 p.m. in Room 113, with Askia Abdulmajeed of the Juvenile Parole Board and three commissioners on the Board of Parole Hearings -- Dan Figueroa, Jack Garner and Peter LaBahn -- required to appear.

Democratic Sen. Michael Rubio is holding a presser at 1 p.m. in the Capitol's Room 2040 to talk up his Senate Constitutional Amendment 22, which would bar the University of California from enrolling more than 10 percent of out-of-state students in the first-year class on each campus as well as across the system.

Meanwhile, the Assembly has welcomed a new member. Robin Swanson, spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, added to her and her husband Michael's family Tuesday with the birth of son Logan Michael Kanotz.

"Appropriately, Robin's labor began on Mother's Day," Pérez said in a statement announcing Logan's arrival. "Typically, she had some of her hardest labor during the May Revise. The LAO has not yet commented on how long recovery will take."

Click here for the Senate's daily agenda, and click here for the Assembly's.

SOLAR: Solar industry officials and workers will be on the Capitol's north steps at 10 a.m. to urge legislators not to approve any new fees on solar energy users.

GREEN FAIR: SAGE, which works to improve recycling and sustainability efforts in state agencies, is hosting a "green fair" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Capitol's west steps.

BARBECUE: The California Beer and Beverage Distributors are hosting a barbecue lunch for legislators and staff as part of the group's annual legislative day starting at 11:30 a.m. on the south steps. Bring ID.


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