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Things are starting to pick up in the Legislature as bills advance to committee hearings. Here are a couple Capitol Alert has its collective eye on today.

Nonprofit hospitals: The California Nurses Association and the California Hospital Association are clashing over Assembly Bill 975, a bill co- authored by Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, and Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, that would reconsider how much philanthropy nonprofit hospitals need to engage in to retain their tax-exempt status. The Assembly Health Committee is hearing the bill at 1:30 p.m. in room 4202.

Ammo control: The Assembly Committee on Public Safety is taking up one of many gun control bills percolating in the legislative pipeline, this one a proposal by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, that would require ammunition vendors to be authorized dealers and to get identification from buyers. The bill would also prohibit devices that allow guns to fire more than 10 bullets without reloading. Skinner will present Assembly Bill 48 during a hearing starting at 9 a.m. in room 126.

VIDEO: Stockon is a long way from resolving its fiscal issues despite its Monday bankruptcy hearing, and Dan Walters says the solution could hang on public pensions.

The annual Latina Action Day conference is gathering at the Sheraton Grand on J Street today. A day of panel discussions and briefings will feature former Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. An evening reception will honor newly elected Latina Assemblywomen Susan Eggman ,D-Stockton, Cristina Garcia. D-Bell Gardens, and Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton.

Last week, Capitol Alert's Jim Sanders reported on a push to unionize the medical translators who will be in higher demand with the implementation of the federal health care law. Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, will be stumping for the bill (AB 1263, authored by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez) during a 10:30 a.m. press conference at the UC Davis Health System Education Building.

President Obama is going to be in California later this week for some fundraisers, and Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, is capitalizing on Obama's visit to get behind the president's proposal for universal pre-K. Bonilla will be joined by a group of superintendents at H.W. Harkness Elementary School in Sacramento, starting at 10 a.m.

Happy birthday to Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, who is 61 today.

PHOTO CREDIT: Ammunition on display at the Sacramento Police Department property warehouse in 2008. The Sacramento Bee/Jose Luis Villegas


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