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20130124_HA_BROWN0118.JPGThey're back!

Well, not all of them. School's still out for the Senate, with members of the upper house returning next week.

But Assembly members are back in Sacramento today, and things kick off with a morning press availability by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles -- we'll give you the skinny. Session convenes at noon.

VIDEO: With lawmakers come back to work, Dan Walters takes a look at what remains to be done -- including some big-ticket items.

TRUTH IN LABELING: Voters rejected Proposition 37, which would have required labeling of genetically modified products, but California still has rules governing which products can be marketed as "organic." The Select Committee on Sustainable and Organic Agriculture will examine the effectiveness of those guidelines at a 3 p.m. hearing in the Capitol's room 126.

TRANSGENDER TASKS: A bill that would allow students to use the facilities and join the teams aligned with their gender identities is bound for Gov. Jerry Brown's desk, giving the governor just over a week (as of today) to consider the pros and cons -- the latter including opponents' arguments that Assembly Bill 1266 could allow biologically male students to join women's teams and upend athletic records.

The California State Athletic Commission considers a similar topic at a meeting in Los Angeles today. Its agenda includes a proposed policy for licensing transgendered athletes. From 10 a.m. at the Junipero Serra Building in L.A.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-Cupertino, who turns 61 today.

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown delivers his State of the State speech in Assembly chambers on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.


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