It's lobby day for the California Federation of Teachers, which means members of the state's second-biggest teachers union (after the California Teachers Association) are in Sacramento to petition lawmakers.
Among the bills that union members will emphasize are a teacher dismissal bill by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, AB 375; as well as CFT-sponsored bills SB 657, a teacher evaluation bill by Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego; AB 1199, a community college funding bill by Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-Cupertino; and AB 507, a retirement bill by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens.
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A few other notable bills that are going to committee today:
AB 4, an immigration bill by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, is going before the Public Safety Committee at 9 a.m. (last year's incarnation expired beneath Gov. Jerry Brown's veto pen).
AB 154, which would expand the ranks of medical professionals able to perform certain abortions, goes before the Business, Professions And Consumer Protection Committee at 9 a.m. 154's author is Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego.
SB 4, a bill to regulate hydraulic fracturing by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, goes before the the Natural Resources Committee at 9:30 a.m in room 112.
SB 135, a bill by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, to create an earthquake early warning system, goes before the Governmental Organization Committee at 9:30 a.m.
Student loans: Several lawmakers are joining students rallying behind a package of bills that would bolster the Cal Grant program. Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-Cupertino, Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, are expected to attend. The event starts at 11 a.m. on the north steps.
Republicans are also getting in on the Cal Grants action today. The Assembly Higher Education Committee is hearing AB 1085, a bill by Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, and Assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, that would raise the maximum Cal Grant value, restoring past cuts to the program.
School finance: The Public Policy Institute of California is hosting a talk on Brown's proposed new school financing formula (incidentally, the Assembly's Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance is taking on the same topic today in a 9 a.m. hearing). The PPIC talk will feature Joan Buchanan, who chairs the Assembly Education Committee; Peter Birdsall, executive director of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association; Nick Schweizer of the California Department of Finance; and David Lesher and Margaret Weston of PPIC. From noon to 1:30 p.m. at the CSAC Conference Center, 1020 11th Street.
Child poverty: Today's installment of the UC Sacramento Speaker Series focuses on the intersection of poverty and children's health. Featuring Erin Hamilton, Hilary Hoynes, and Doug Miller of UC Davis from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 1130 K Street.
Job move: Now that former Deputy State Treasurer Patricia Wynne has retired and secured a spot on the Fair Political Practices Commission, Michael Paparian has been tapped to take her old spot working for the state treasurer's office. Paparian has been executive director of the California Pollution Control Financing Authority.
PHOTO CREDIT: California state Capitol building. Michael Allen Jones / Sacramento Bee file, 2008
EDITOR'S NOTE: This post has been updated from a previous version to state that Joan Buchanan chairs the Assembly Education Committee.Updated at 11:26 p.m. April 9, 2013.