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 LeÃ³n, 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