VIDEO: Dan Walters weighs in on Assemblyman Isadore Hall's proposal to require condoms for porn stars.
With Monday being the Presidents Day holiday, California lawmakers will put in an appearance this morning at per diem floor sessions to keep that money flowing. Both chambers are meeting at 9 a.m.
Time to get that legislative paperwork together: The last day to introduce bills is Feb. 22, a week from today (leaving aside maneuvers like gut-and-amend bills).
Here's a look at what this session has brought so far:
In the Assembly, the count late Thursday was 355 bills and eight proposed constitutional amendments. The overall total in the Senate was somewhat lower, with lawmakers in the upper house introducing 268 bills and 11 proposed constitutional amendments. Budget Committee bills related to the Budget Act of 2013 accounted for 39 of those bills in both houses.
Both houses have bills related to expanding Medi-Cal coverage in the upcoming special health-care session, which will be focused on implementing the Affordable Care Act in California.
The California Mental Health Services Authority's board of directors is meeting from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza in Sacramento. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, has headed to Washington and New York in a national push for better mental health care following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Since we won't be around to say it this weekend, happy birthday to Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, who turns 45 on Sunday.
Happy birthday as well to Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, who turns 58 on Monday; to Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, who will be 65 on Monday; and to U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, who on Monday inches closer to the half-century mark with his 49th birthday. Congrats, guys, for having your special days fall on a long weekend.
PHOTO CREDIT: A copy of Assemblyman Isadore Hall's Assembly Bill 332 is displayed with condoms during a press conference to introduce a statewide law requiring condom use by adult film performers, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Bret Hartman / AP Images for AIDS Healthcare Foundation)