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taylor.jpgLegislative Analyst Mac Taylor, right, is releasing his take on Gov. Jerry Brown's revised May budget today.

The LAO questioned Brown's higher education plan and generally approved of his school funding overhaul back in February.

SENIOR LOBBY DAY: The phrase "lobby day" conjures an image of interest groups holding a rally on the steps of the Capitol, some sympathetic legislators in tow, before proceeding inside to meet with lawmakers. The California Alliance for Retired Americans is taking a different approach today, and not just because elected officials have vacated Sacramento for the weekend.

Because the organization's members are spread out throughout the state, they'll be visiting their representatives at various district offices today -- as of Thursday morning, Capitol Alert was told 112 lawmakers could be expecting visits. The seniors are pressing in particular for a bill by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, that has to do with posting traffic warnings to protect the elderly and a bill by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, that would create a program to collect expired prescription drugs.

VIDEO: The debate over prison realignment has come to feel like a circular argument, Dan Walters says.

KAMALA ON GUN VIOLENCE: Attorney General Kamala Harris will be talking about ways to reduce gun violence today, in particular the illegal gun tracking program that has an additional $24 million coming its way. Joining Harris will be Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley and former Assemblyman Mike Feuer.

GREENLINING GABFEST: The Greenlining Institute is hosting a symposium today on California's changing demographics and economic outlook. Speakers will include Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, and former Obama administration adviser Van Jones. Starting at 9 a.m. at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

GO FORTH, SAYS PELOSI: Students graduating from law school at UC Davis will be welcomed into the legal world today by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, who will be speaking during a 4 p.m. campus ceremony.

COVERED CALIFORNIA We've brought you news of how the federal health care rollout is proceeding with community organizations across the state receiving outreach grants. Today, constituents who want to learn more about obtaining insurance can stop into a hearing co-hosted by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, and Peter Lee, head of the fledgling health insurance marketplace dubbed Covered California. Starting at 1:30 p.m. at the UC San Diego Hospital Auditorium.

PHOTO CREDIT: Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor, in 2011. Hector Amezcua/The Sacramento Bee.



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