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RP_BUDGET_THREE_Brown_Steinberg_Perez.JPGThis year's budget process comes to a conclusion today: Gov. Jerry Brown is poised to make the pact between him and legislative leaders official at 11 a.m. in the Governor's Council Room. Fiscal year 2013-2014, its allocations and obligations set in writing, starts Monday.

If you'd like to reflect on how we got here, you can read about the dispute over Brown's push to roll back enterprise zones; the controversy over public records act requests; the debate over how to allocate revenue generated by Proposition 39; the disagreement aboutshuffling carbon permit auction revenue around; the argument overhow much money we'll really have; and, of course, the battle over the governor's school funding overhaul, including concerns about how districts get funded and which dedicated "categorical" programs would get axed.

VIDEO: Same-sex marriage supporters are celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Proposition 8, but Dan Walters is worried about the high court's rationale.

CASINO COMPACT: The Senate is expected to vote today on an agreement to allow the North Fork Rancheria Band of Mono Indians to build a casino in Madera County. The pact has drawn fire from critics who warn about giving tribes too much leeway in where they can build gambling centers. It passed the Assembly back in May.

LOTTERY LOWDOWN: Speaking of games of chance, the California Lottery Commission is meeting to discuss plans for 2013 and beyond. Starting at 10 a.m. at 700 10th St.

SALTON SEA-LUTIONS: The select committee on California's Energy Independence is taking a look at developing renewable energy sources in the Salton Sea area. Witnesses are expected to include California Energy Commission chief Karen Douglas, experts from innovation hubs like the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies and the California Center for Algae Biotechnology, and the Salton Sea Authority's Phil Rosentrater. Starting at 10:30 a.m. in room 2040.

MENTAL HEALTH: Are insurers following through on their obligations to cover mental health care? The Select Committee on Mental Health is taking a look. On the witness list are California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and David Panush of Covered California, in addition to representatives from the California Psychiatric Association, the California Mental Health Directors Association and the California Coalition for Mental Health. Starting at 1 p.m. in room 4203.

PHOTO: Left to right, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, Gov. Jerry Brown and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, celebrate a budget deal with a formal announcement at the state Capitol on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/ Randy Pench


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