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We've brought you news already of the push to reform Proposition 65, a decades-old ballot initiative intended to protect consumers and water supplies from toxic chemicals. The law requires disclosure of dangerous chemicals but has drawn criticism for fueling a cottage industry of exploitative lawyers looking to gin up payments.

The legislative effort, spearheaded by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, is still alive -- the bill has cleared the Assembly and is bound for Senate Appropriations. But there's a parallel push under way via the Brown administration, announced back in May.

Today the administrative route gets a public hearing. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment is hosting a workshop seeking input on potential regulations dictating how to best provide useful warnings per Proposition 65, an effort distinct from the legislative language the governor's office is still crafting. From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the California Environmental Protection Agency headquarters on I street.

VIDEO: The timing and content of the latest crime report from the Attorney General's office shows Kamala Harris performing damage control, Dan Walters says.

HUNGRY FOR CHANGE: As of Monday afternoon, 561 inmates across the California correctional system continued to refuse food, defying the use of solitary confinement to isolate gang members as the hunger strike -- the third such strike in the last few years -- stretches into its fourth week.

Reform advocates are rallying in Sacramento today, taking up the prisoners' argument that the policy of relegating inmates to the Segregated Housing Unit, at times indefinitely, is inhumane. Spearheaded by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture and California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement, the demonstration will begin outside the State Capitol building, where protesters will seek to deliver a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown's office, and will proceed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation building on S street.

PHOTO: A sample Proposition 65 warning. Image courtesy of the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.



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