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AOC_Medi-Cal_024a.JPGLawmakers from both parties are joining a press conference this morning to back Assembly Bill 900, by Democrat Luis Alejo of Watsonville, which would undo Medi-Cal cuts to hospital-based skilled nursing services.

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway of Tulare, Assemblyman Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, and Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, are also expected to attend the event, which starts at 10 a.m. in the Capitol's room 317.

VIDEO: Encouraging data about high school graduation rates also contains some puzzling discrepancies, Dan Walters says.

Online privacy: Attorney General Kamala Harris is speaking at a symposium on consumer privacy and app development, exploring safeguards for personal information collected online and via mobile apps. Her talk starts at 9:15 a.m. at the Runway SF in San Francisco, 1355 Market St.

FPPC: The California Fair Political Practices Commission is meeting at 428 J St. to review pending legislation that could affect the commission's work. For a full list, click here.

Immigration: The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is holding rallies across the state today to push for immigration reform, with the Sacramento iteration entailing a noon press conference at the Sacramento Federal Building. Labor and business have reportedly struck a deal on a guest worker program that will be included in a forthcoming overhaul bill, a key sticking point.

Financial literacy: Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, is hosting a financial literacy fair on the Capitol's north steps from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. State Controller John Chiang is also expected to attend.

Corrections: California's prison system continues to be a source of dispute. Just last week, a federal judge batted down the state's claim that it was ready to reclaim control of its prisons. The Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety is getting the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's assessment today during a hearing that begins at 1:30 p.m. in room 444.

Health: Representatives from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's California chapter will be meeting with lawmakers today in an effort to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental health treatment.

Celebration: Happy birthday to Sen. Loni Hancock D-Berkeley, who is 73 today.

Editor's note: Yesterday's AM Alert mistakenly identified Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, as chair of the Assembly Budget Committee. She is chair of the Assembly Education Committee.

PHOTO CREDIT: A little Medi-Cal patient is examined at Del Paso Heights Medical Center. Autumn Payne / Sacramento Bee file, 2008



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