VIDEO: Dan Walters, in today's report, outlines some of the big issues still unresolved during the last days of the California legislative session.
It's a sprint to the finish.
Both houses of the Legislature meet today -- the Senate at noon and the Assembly at 2:30 p.m. The Senate has about 360 Assembly bills on its plate between now and Aug. 31, and the Assembly will be considering about 270 Senate bills. Come back to Capitol Alert as we track the action.
Meanwhile, a new Field Poll finds that California voters are more positive about the federal health care overhaul than the nation as a whole, with 53 percent saying it's an important first step and more changes need to be made.
Voters are fiercely partisan about the Affordable Care Act, however. California Democrats support the law, 78 percent to 15 percent, while the state's Republicans oppose it, 72 percent to 18 percent. No-party-preference voters back it, 54 percent to 34 percent.
Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo will be presenting the poll's findings in the Capitol's Room 4203, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Diana Bontá, the president and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation, which sponsored the poll.
Diana Dooley, the secretary of the state's Health and Human Services Agency, and Peter Lee, the executive director of the California Health Benefit Exchange, will be among those participating. The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Click here for more information.
Gov. Jerry Brown plans to call a special session on the national health care overhaul, as David Siders reported last week.
NEW DIGS: The Bay Area Council is opening an office in Sacramento not far from the Capitol. Find it on the 22nd floor of the Esquire Building at 1215 K St.
NEW GIG: Pedro Morillas, the legislative director for CalPIRG of late, is moving camp to Washington, D.C., to work for Fenton Communications.
CAKE AND CANDLES: Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro, D-Arcata, turns 61 today.