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VIDEO: Dan Walters talks trash and touches on what he calls "weasel words."

Just four days left for Gov. Jerry Brown to wade through the California Legislature's handiwork this session. Hundreds of bills remain, including these controversial proposals:

• Sen. Leland Yee's proposal to let some juvenile murderers seek resentencing to receive 25 years to life (Senate Bill 9).

• Assemblyman Anthony Portantino's measure to ban openly carrying unloaded rifles in public, with some exceptions (Assembly Bill 1527).

• Assemblyman Richard Pan's bill to require require parents to receive information from a health-care provider before exempting their child from immunizations because of their beliefs (Assembly Bill 2109).

Meanwhile, the governor has had his work cut out for him. His actions this week have included signing 14 election-related measures, including one that will allow same-day voter registration once the secretary of state certifies California's new statewide voter database.

Brown also signed 19 education-related measures, including Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's bill to de-emphasize standardized test scores when measuring California schools' performance.

Then there were the critter bills (thumbs up on banning the use of dogs while hunting bears and bobcats, and thumbs down on a special designation for bats).

As for what's left, Capitol Alert will be keeping track. Check out our photo gallery of measures to watch as Sunday's deadline approaches.

JAILS: Magnus Lofstrom of the Public Policy Institute of California gives a luncheon talk in Sacramento about how the state's jails have fared since the state shifted many responsibilities for corrections and public safety to the counties. For more information and to register, click here.

LUNGREN-BERA: If you missed the debate Tuesday between Republican Dan Lungren and Democrat Ami Bera in the 7th Congressional District race, replay the video at this link.


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