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It would be easy to lose track of the steady metronome of new dates and benchmarks in the rollout of the federal health care law, but today is a big one: during a 9 a.m. meeting at the California Museum, officials from the state's new health insurance marketplace will unveil the plans that private insurance companies will offer to Californians once the insurance exchange, Covered California, goes live this fall.

Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee and Board Chair Diana Dooley will both be there. After the announcement they'll head to the California Secretary of State's office on I street for a Covered California board meeting, where they'll discuss topics that include the organization's budget.

VIDEO: Democrats will need to reconsider their ambitions for enacting a liberal agenda now that they've lost former senator Michael Rubio's seat, Dan Walters says.

BROWN COMBATS CLIMATE CHANGE: A few days after exhorting new graduates to take the lead on fighting climate change, Gov. Jerry Brown will be at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View this morning to join researchers and scientists in issuing a new call to action. The governor will speak around 10 a.m.

OH, THE SUSPENSE: The Senate Appropriations Committee is deciding the fate of a small galaxy of bills currently on the suspense file today -- more than 250 as of our last count. Most of this has already been decided by leadership, so don't look for too much drama. But it still is an important moment for seeing which bills might yet make it into law and which are to be consigned to the legislative landfill.

GARAMENDI ON DELTA: Brown's proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan continues to be a volatile topic, dividing the state into pro and con camps. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, will offer his take at a meeting in Courtland of the Delta Protection Commission tonight. The meeting starts at 6:15 p.m., at the Courtland Auditorium.

THE HISPANIC VOTE: The University of California Center Sacramento is hosting a talk today on trends in Latino voter turnout, which remains unpredictable even as the Latino electorate has grown in size and clout. Mindy Romero, the founding project director of the California Civic Engagement Project, will be speaking. From noon to 1:30 p.m. at 1130 K Street.

GAMBLING: A panel of experts discusses the implications of online gambling today. Dean Francis J. Mootz III of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law will moderate a panel that includes lobbyist Cathy Christian, attorney Howard Dickstein, attorney David Fried and Cheryl Schmit of Stand Up California.

PHOTO CREDIT: A doctor looks through a scope while operating on a patient in Rancho Cordova on Friday, May 10, 2013. By Randall Benton/The Sacramento Bee.


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