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It has been a momentous week for the U.S. Supreme Court, but in some ways it seems the daily drumbeat of decisions has been building up to today: at 7:00 a.m. PST, the justices are expected to announce the legal fate of Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage. Stay with The Bee throughout the day for updates.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is holding a press conference to discuss the anticipated (and by the time you're reading this, probably released) ruling in Los Angeles at 10:30 a.m. Here at the State Capitol, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, and members of the LGBT Legislative Caucus will be reacting during a 10:30 a.m. press conference in room 317.

VIDEO: When it comes to press freedom, Dan Walters says the Legislature seems willing to make exceptions for celebrities.

LABOR LOBBY: With a vote looming on a union-backed and business-reviled bill that would penalize employers who pay too little to keep part-time employees off of Medi-Cal, members of the Service Employees International Union will be using their lobby day today to advocate for the bill. After a training session, SEIU representatives will be visiting lawmakers to appeal for support of AB 880.

DOMESTIC DEMANDS: We've also witnessed a strenuous, labor-inflected push for a bill by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, that would enshrine new protections for domestic workers. The bill goes before the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee today (room 2040, starting at 9:30 a.m.) and members of the National Domestic Workers Alliance will be rallying in support near the east lawn.

A few other contentious bills before the same committee today: one that would bar out-of-state athletes from claiming California workers' compensation; one that would raise the state's minimum wage; and one by Pérez that would extend the statue of limitation for workers comp claims made by the families of deceased public safety officers.

HEY! TEACHER! Quit suspending so many kids for willful defiance! That's the thrust of a Roger Dickinson bill that goes before the Senate Education Committee today. Dickinson is looking to curtail the rate at which educators punish students for displaying "willful defiance," with backers saying such penalties fall heavily on students of color. Supporters are going to be performing a play called "Willful" to demonstrate the effects, at 10:30 a.m. in room 126.

CHARTER CITY CHOICES: The Assembly Local Government Committee is considering a bill by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, that has drawn the ire of California cities. The legislation, which would deny state funding to cities with charter provisions exempting contractors on public projects from living wage requirements, has also gotten a rebuke from The Bee's editorial board.

VETERANS VALUED: It's not often you see an event whose guest list includes a majority of the Assembly, but such is the case for today's Veteran of the Year luncheon. Each member was invited to nominate someone from their district, and today 63 vets will be honored during a lunchtime ceremony at the Sacramento convention center. Also expected to attend are at least 59 different lawmakers, Secretary of the California Department of Veteran Affairs Peter Gravett and Major General David S. Baldwin of the California Military Department.

PHARMACIST FUNCTIONS: The California Society of Health-System Pharmacists is holding a daylong event at the Sheraton Grand today discussing, among other things, a bill that would expand the boundaries of what pharmacists are legally permitted to do. Bill author Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, will be speaking.

IMAGE: Demonstrators gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. MCT/Pete Marovich.


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