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Cesar Chavez day was technically on Sunday, but today is the day that most state agencies -- with the exceptions of perpetually functioning institutions like hospitals and the California Highway Patrol -- are off. (For an interesting perspective on Chavez's legacy, talk to Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, whose parents worked with the famous farm worker organizer).

Back to work: That doesn't include the Legislature, though, which is back from spring recess today. The Senate Committee on Business, Professions And Economic Development is hearing a slate of bills in room 3191 once session is over; over in the Assembly we have meetings of the Natural Resources Committee and the Revenue And Taxation Committee.

VIDEO: It's a familiar story of shoddy financing when it comes to a $42 million San Francisco to Oakland ferry, Dan Walters says.

Realignment pushback: Another bill to tighten up post-prison realignment sentencing is in the spotlight today. Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, will be joined by Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones and Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully to detail AB 222, a bill that would allow judges to order a prison stint, rather than jail time, for drug offenders caught with large volumes of substances like meth and heroin. 11 a.m. at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center, 12500 Bruceville Road.

Fundraising deadline: We'll soon get a snapshot of the vigor of various Congressional campaigns that are already afoot despite the fact we're closer to Election Day 2012 than to Election Day 2014. Yesterday was the last day for accepting contributions for the first quarter of 2013; the filing deadline is on April 15.

PHOTO CREDIT: Empty no more as of today. You know you missed them. The Sacramento Bee/Jeremy B. White



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