It's Queer Youth Advocacy Day at the State Capitol, which means lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youngsters will be rallying at a 10:45 a.m. press conference on the north steps. They are expected to be joined by Assembly Speaker John A. PÃ©rez, D-Los Angeles, Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, Richard Gordon, D-Menlo Park, and Susan Eggman, D-Stockton.
The advocates are focusing on two bills in particular: AB 420, a student discipline bill, and AB 1266, which would allow students to participate in sex-segregated activities and use school facilities in accordance with their gender identities.
WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT: Friday brought the latest installment in a recurring dispute over women being under-represented in Sacramento politics panels. An event today by the organization California Women Lead, an organization devoted to getting more women into leadership positions, aims to help reduce those discrepancies in the ranks of public officeholders.
A daylong conference at the Residence Inn Sacramento Downtown will feature a morning panel with Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, a lunchtime address from State Board of Equalization member Betty Yee and an evening reception expected to be attended by nearly 20 female lawmakers.
DIAL M FOR MORATORIUM: The contentious national debate over hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," has been bubbling to the surface in Sacramento this session. Today, the Assembly Natural Resources Committee is taking on a trio of bills that would nix the practice for the foreseeable future -- a controversial proposition, considering how energy industry advocates worried about a potential moratorium measure embedded in a bill by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills. 1:30 p.m. in room 447.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Also before an Assembly committee today is a raft of bills dealing with how California, per Proposition 39, will channel new revenue from eliminating a corporate tax break towards energy efficiency upgrade projects. The Utilities And Commerce Committee is hearing proposals starting at 3 p.m. in room 437.
PHOTO CREDIT: Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, delivers the Pledge of Allegiance during LGBT Pride Month. June 14, 2010 by Hector Amezcua/The Sacramento Bee.