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Capitol Alert has learned that Senate Republicans will be descending on the Fox and Goose today for what they're calling a "legislative retreat." The day-long confab will involve strategizing for the 2013-2014 session and some presentations from policy staff.

As a result, there will be no Senate Rules hearing today. There will, however, be a joint hearing of the two chambers' committees on public employee retirement and Social Security. It will be led by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, and Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, and kicks off at 10 a.m. in Room 4203 of the State Capitol.

One topic that could get some scrutiny is a practice in which CalPERS managers draw additional pay for overtime work. The Bee's Jon Ortiz uncovered the practice in a recent report, and lawmakers have vowed to investigate.

If you're unable to make it but want to follow the hearing as it unfolds, you can watch on CalChannel.

For any AM Alert readers who are in New York City, the Century Foundation is holding an event on how pension obligations are affecting state budget finances -- a particularly pertinent topic in California. The event begins at 8:15 a.m. and will include a panel of several experts with experience in government finance.

Today is Fred Korematsu Day, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is urging schools to mark the occasion. In case you've forgotten, Korematsu was an American citizen of Japanese descent who challenged the forcible internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. The Supreme Court ended up rejecting his challenge, but Korematsu went on to become a civil liberties icon.



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