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drone.jpgOn a day filled with meetings about the budget, education and other more routine matters, drones are getting a shot at a committee hearing at the Capitol.

The Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace is scheduled at 3 p.m. to hear testimony on the Federal Aviation Administration's search for six test sites for drones - and a bid to make Ventura County one of them.

The presentation, "Manufacturing for Global Aviation: California's strategy to win a federal designation as an unmanned aerial vehicle test site," comes as interest in drones expands from the military to local law enforcement and civilian applications, with related privacy concerns.

Earlier in the day, a budget subcommittee on education finance will consider Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposals regarding adult education and online learning, while a budget subcommittee on state administration will get an overview of the state's failed MyCalPays payroll system upgrade, a quarter-billion-dollar project Controller John Chiang halted last month.

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Senate and Assembly Republicans will roll out a package of bills seeking to change California's historic prison realignment.

The Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee will meet to consider measures related to the Political Reform Act and voting, among other matters. On the agenda are two bills by Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana. Senate Bill 26 would expand disclosure requirements on slate mailers. Senate Bill 29 would require elections officials to count absentee ballots received as many as three days after an election if the ballot is postmarked on or before Election Day.

Outside the building, Foster Farms, the American Humane Association and a handful of lawmakers will gather at 10 a.m. on the West steps of the Capitol to discuss the importance of animal welfare.

In Long Beach, Gov. Jerry Brown will take his seat at the California State University Board of Trustees meeting.

PHOTO CREDIT: An unmanned U.S. Predator drone. AP file photo, 2010

Editor's Note: This post has been corrected to reflect that the American Humane Association, not the Humane Society, is involved in the animal welfare event. Corrected 7:43 a.m. March 19, 2013.



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