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VIDEO: Dan Walters expects "a whole lot of fighting" over Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to overhaul California's system of school funding.

Both houses of the Legislature have floor sessions today, the Assembly at noon and the Senate at 2 p.m.

The Senate will take up the nomination of Mark Nechodom, the Department of Conservation director who faced stiff questioning last Wednesday over his department's role in regulating "fracking."

Other Brown appointees on the Senate agenda include Kimiko Burton, who was named to the State Personnel Board last February, and Mark Ghilarducci, named California's secretary of emergency management last March.

Burton is the daughter of former Senate President Pro Tem John Burton. The state Democratic Party chairman attended her hearing in the Senate Rules Committee last week.

As for the week ahead, expect more discussion of the new weighted formula for school funding Brown has proposed. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have tentatively backed the idea without getting into details. If you want to read up on the subject, you'll find the "K-12 Education" section of Brown's budget summary at this link.

Happy birthday to Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles, who is 56 today.


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