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emptysenate.JPGWhat's something California legislators and college students have in common? They get to take a hiatus from their responsibilities each spring. The Legislature will reconvene on Monday, April 1.

Just because legislators aren't conducting business doesn't mean there won't be any activity in the building. The final two rounds of the Poetry Out Loud state finals, in which high school students compete in reading famous poems from the likes of Shelley, Coleridge and Dickinson, get under way at 8 a.m. this morning in the Senate Chambers.

VIDEO: Sacramento politics are fundamentally about interests vying for a slice of the pie, Dan Walters says, and a tussle over charity donations provides a bizarre example.

A new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll gauges how Californians view topics like immigration and gun control, finding strong support for the latter. Dan Schnur, director of USC's Unruh Institute of Politics, will be discussing the poll's findings on a conference call this morning.

Away from the vacated California Capitol, the U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to hear a potentially momentous case that originated in the state. Tuesday, the justices will hear arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry, which centers on whether the voter-passed Prop. 8 ban on same-sex marriage was constitutional. A separate case about the constitutional status of the federal Defense of Marriage Act comes the day after.

PHOTO CREDIT: The Senate chambers won't be this empty all week, although they will be devoid of lawmakers. By Jeremy B. White for The Sacramento Bee on March 22, 2013.


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