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HA_AUTISM_MASK.JPGThe avalanche of advocacy days continues today with "Stand Up, Speak Out," a push for policies that affect disabled and autistic Californians.

Things kick off with an 11 a.m. press conference on the Capitol's west steps featuring autism and special needs advocates alongside Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana and Sen. Curren Price, D-Los Angeles.

VIDEO: Given how few inmates have been executed in California, Dan Walters wonders whether reinstating the death penalty has really altered the status quo.

GAY THERAPY: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco is hearing arguments in a case challenging Senate Bill 1172, a 2012 measure that prohibits counseling aimed at "curing" minors of their homosexual urges.

PAYDAY LENDING: The Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee is taking up a bill today aimed at reining in the use of payday loans, which critics say exploit the most vulnerable and trap them in cycles of debt. (Full disclosure: One of those critics was The Bee's editorial board.) Senate Bill 515, by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, comes before the committee during an 1:30 p.m. meeting in room 112.

PROP. 39: Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, has been traveling around the state seeking input on his Senate Bill 39, which would set up a program for distributing school energy upgrade grants as stipulated by Proposition 39. The bill comes before the Senate Education Committee this morning.

AG GAG: A bill pitting agriculture against animal rights advocates comes before the Assembly Agriculture Committee at 1:30 p.m. Assembly Bill 343, authored by Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, and sponsored by the California Cattlemen's Association, would require people who intentionally document animal cruelty to turn the tapes over to authorities within 48 hours.

APPROPRIATIONS: A huge number of bills are scheduled to go through the Assembly Appropriations Committee today,. As of late Tuesday, there were 80 on the agenda.

BIO TALK: Starved of Gov. Jerry Brown news with the state's chief executive away drumming up business in China? You can get your fix at a Sac State talk with Chuck McFadden, who will be discussing his new Brown biography during a 3 p.m. event at the University Library Gallery.

PHOTO CREDIT: A 5-year-old Elk Grove boy diagnosed with autism receives eight hours of tutoring each day to help him learn to control it. Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee file, 2002



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