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MAJ_CALIFORNIA_STATE_CAPITOL_2008.JPGVIDEO: Dan Walters says the decision of Sen. Michael Rubio, D-Shafter, to step down may wind up disrupting the best-laid plans of California Democrats.

FIELD POLL: California voters increasingly support the state's greenhouse-gas emissions law, Jon Ortiz reports in today's Bee. Click here to read the statistical tabulations compiled exclusively for Capitol Alert. You'll find the publicly released poll at this link.

Friday was the deadline for California lawmakers to file bills, so we have a map of the legislative landscape. As of 5 p.m. Friday, here's the count: Assembly: 1,376 bills; Senate: 813 bills.

There are also 10 constitutional amendments proposed in the Assembly and 13 in the Senate, and there could be more -- there's no deadline for those.

Gov. Jerry Brown spent the weekend mingling with fellow governors at the National Governors Association conference, and today the state executives will assemble in the presence of the nation's chief executive: The governors will be spending today at the White House, where they dined last night.

In addition to the White House visit and governors-only meetings throughout the day, Brown and his colleagues also get to hear from Dr. Mehmet Oz, popular host of "The Dr. Oz Show" and recently the subject of a New Yorker profile.

Back in California, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, is holding a Public Safety Committee hearing to look at solitary confinement in Pelican Bay State Prison. Corrections officials have been pressed to defend the practice of sequestering inmates in so-called security housing units since conditions there prompted hunger strikes in 2011.

Officials scheduled to speak at the hearing include California Deputy Inspector General Michael Stainer as well as Renee Hanson, Kelly Harrington and Michael Ruff of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The hearing starts at 1:30 p.m. in the Capitol's Room 126.

Before the hearing, the Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition is holding a rally at 11:30 a.m. on the Capitol's west steps.

PHOTO CREDIT: The California state Capitol in Sacramento, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008. Michael Allen Jones / Sacramento Bee file photo



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