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The lobby day carousel continues to spin. Today it's the turn of the Consumer Attorneys of California, who will be in town to urge lawmakers to oppose a handful of bills, advocate for more funding for the court system and push to lift a $250,000 cap on damages in medical malpractice cases established by the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act. Representatives will start the day with a breakfast address from Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, and dine on a luncheon address from Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Los Angeles.

VIDEO: Dan Walters is surprised to see a faint glimmer of cooperation at the Capitol, particularly on an issue as volatile as immigration.

PRO TEM PRISON PLAN: With California's standoff with the federal government over prison overpopulation continuing to smolder, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is holding a 10 a.m. press conference in room 211 on his plan to ease the strain on California's correctional system and raise the quality of mental health care.

ONLINE GAMBLING: Capitol Weekly and the University of California Sacramento Center are sponsoring an event that takes a look at the business and politics of online gambling today. Speakers are expected to include Sen. Rod Wright, D-Inglewood, who has authored a bill to regulate online gambling; Assembly Governmental Organization Committee chair Isadore Hall, D-Compton; and Leslie Lohse of the California Tribal Business Alliance. At 1215 K Street.

LONG-TERM CARE: As The State Worker's Jon Ortiz has been reporting, people who bought private long-term insurance plans via CalPERS are bracing for painful premium hikes. The the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee is examining the implications today during a hearing that starts at 2 p.m. in room 127.

TOBACCO AWARENESS: Representatives from local health departments and community organizations will be meeting with lawmakers at the State Capitol today as part of an event organized by the American Lung Association's Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing. The day will be bracketed by a morning address from Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, in the morning and Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, in the afternoon.

HIGHER EDUCATION: Have you been thinking about the future of California's public universities and the students they produce? If so, you're in luck: a Public Policy Institute of California event in San Francisco will be taking a look with a conference headlined by University of California President Mark Yudof at the Bechtel Conference Center in San Francisco, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

PHOTO CREDIT: A statue of Lady Liberty who holds the scales of Justice on the Washoe County Court House in Virginia City, Nevada. Jebb Harris/the Orange County Register.



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