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US_NEWS_TEXAS-ABORTION_10_DA.jpgThose who make a living at the California Capitol sure seem fond of symbolic style choices, from awareness-raising denim to summer-celebrating white linen. Today it's pink.

The California Legislative Women's Caucus is encouraging people to wear pink sneakers and/or ties in honor of Texas state senator Wendy Davis, who riveted much of the nation last week with a filibuster to block a controversial abortion-related bill. Participants can join a group photo on the Capitol's south steps at 11:45 a.m.

VIDEO: The California Chamber of Commerce-headed business coalition continues to run up a remarkable winning record, Dan Walters says.

MIDWIFE MOVEMENT Members and supporters of the organization California Families for Access to Midwives will be rallying on the west steps at 11 a.m. against what they call onerous regulations that make it difficult for midwives to practice. With them will be Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, who has a bill before the Senate Business, Professions And Economic Development today that would loosen some of those restrictions.

KENNEDY IN CALIFORNIA: Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, to be exact. The erstwhile Rhode Island Democrat will be in the building to testify at a Senate Select Committee on Mental Health hearing on the future of mental health services, something he championed in Congress, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in room 4203.

LIMO LEGISLATION: Lawmakers have been looking for ways to enhance limousine safety after a string of limo fires, and today an urgency bill by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, requiring fire extinguishers in limousines goes before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

LATINO NUMBERS: Much has been made of the demographic forces reshaping California's population and electorate, and today the Latino Democratic Club of Sacramento celebrate a milestone. Members will be gathering on the north steps at noon today to mark, imprecisely, the moment when the number of Latinos in California matches the number of non-Hispanic whites. (Latinos could surpass whites and become the state's largest ethnic group soon, perhaps as early as the end of this year.) Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, is expected to attend.

HOT TICKET: What could that phrase describe? A Beyoncé concert? A political fundraiser, perhaps? How about both? Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, is pulling in some campaign cash by inviting donors to join him in a private suite during Ms. Knowles' show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles tonight. No word on how many of Hall's supporters are single ladies.

ABOUT FRACKING TIME As we've noted, since we started out this session with a gusher of legislation aimed at regulating hydraulic fracturing, lawmakers have drilled down to a single bill. The sole remaining fracking bill, by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, goes before the Assembly Natural Resources Committee today. In room 447 after session ends.

PHOTO: Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis spends a quiet moment after her filibuster was halted on the final day of the legislative special session, as the Texas Senate considered an abortion bill in in Austin, Texas, on June 25, 2013. Dallas Morning News/Louis DeLuca.


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