Happy Earth Day! The annual celebration of all things nature may have lost some of its luster since its debut back in 1970, but it still gets attention in environmentally conscious California.
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and former Gov. Jerry Brown adviser Michael Picker, now with SMUD, are using the occasion to showcase programs reducing energy consumption at the Capitol building and the Legislative Office Building, including heating and cooling upgrades and the installation of 1,500 LED lights. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. in the Capitol's room 317. Skinner will also be installing a new, more energy-efficient LED light in the Assembly chambers.
VIDEO INTERLUDE: Members of the Assembly "Surf Caucus" -- that would be Democrats Das Williams , Ian Calderon, and Al Muratsuchi (pictured above) -- surf, talk about surfing, and encourage Californians to participate in Earth Day festivities, all to soothing music. Paid for by the Assembly.
SCOPE OF PRACTICE: We've been chronicling how, with the Affordable Care Act poised to produce a surge of newly-insured patients, medical professionals are scrambling for a slice of the pie. A trio of scope-of-practice bills that would expand the professional spheres of nurse practitioners, optometrists and pharmacists, respectively -- all sponsored by Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina -- go before the Business, Professions And Economic Development Committee today.
UNDOCUMENTED DRIVERS: Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, has been a vocal supporter of the push in Congress for an immigration overhaul. He has sponsored a bill that revives the debate over giving driver's licenses to undocumented workers. Assembly Bill 60 goes before the Assembly Transportation Committee today at 1 p.m. in room 4202.
WORKING SOCIAL: It's lobby day for the California chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. That includes an 11 a.m. rally on the north steps, expected to include Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, and Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, -- both licensed social workers -- as well as Assembly members Richard Gordon, D-Menlo Park, Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, Alejo, Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, and Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, and Sens. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara.
Social work students will fan out across the Capitol to make the case for AB 252, which concerns social worker credentialing, SB 61, which limits the use of solitary confinement with juveniles, and AB 663, which concerns residential care facility administrators.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, who is 58 today.
PHOTO CREDIT: Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, appears in a video celebrating Earth Day Screenshot from a video produced by the California Assembly.