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Nothing like returning from travel abroad to a reminder of the deadlines that drew closer while you were gone. With Gov. Jerry Brown returning from his business-bolstering voyage to China, the leaders of health committees from both houses will be pushing him today to move on expanding Medi-Cal.

Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, and Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, are holding a press conference this morning urging the governor to move quickly on enlarging California's Medi-Cal rolls (the federal health care law ensures that, for the first few years, the federal government picks up the tab for the expansion). They will be joined by Laphonza Butler, president of SEIU California, and Anthony Wright of Health Access California. 11 a.m. in room 317.

VIDEO: Brown seemed impressed by the speed with which the Chinese government is able to tackle some projects. Dan Walters says that praise is probably misplaced.

LABOR LAWS: Members of the California Society for Human Resource Management will be at the Capitol today promoting a pair of bills, SB 607 and AB 907, that would exempt employers from the requirement to pay overtime after eight hours of work in a day.

SHINE ON: The University of California Center Sacramento is hosting a talk today on the sun's role in climate change -- like most relationships, it's more complicated than you think. From noon to 1:30 at 1130 K Street, featuring Dan Lubin of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

EDUCATION VIEWS: The governor's plan to overhaul school funding has been pretty well dissected in the Legislature by now -- today the Public Policy Institute of California takes a look at how the constituents feel with a lunchtime talk examining Californians' perspectives on education. From noon to 1:30 p.m. in the basement of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on 11th and K streets.

EDUCATION SUMMIT: Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, is also delving into education today with a conference at Fullerton College. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Campus Theatre facility.

SAC STATE SENATORS: A couple of high-powered alums are attending a "Hornets Policy and Politics" event for former Sacramento State University students tonight. Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, and Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton will be hosting the get together -- Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, who is not an alum but taught at Sac State, will also be there. Starting at 5:30 p.m. at Cafeteria 15L.

JOB MOVE: Former assemblyman, state senator and California Community Colleges chancellor Jack Scott has been appointed to the California Student Aid Commission.

Happy birthday to Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, who is 66 today.

PHOTO CREDIT: "They're doing what in Sacramento without me?" April 16, 2013 by Vincent Yu/The Associated Press.


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