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Originally, this is where we were going to tell you that today is Decision Day for Gov. Jerry Brown on a bill allowing students to use the facilities and try out for the teams the reflect their gender identities. But Brown signed the bill ahead of schedule, so today we turn to a different piece of legislation aimed squarely at LGBT kids.

Incensed that organizations like the Boy Scouts of America can retain their tax-exempt status despite what he calls discriminatory policies, Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, has a bill that would revoke tax breaks for youth groups that discriminate based on gender. Before the bill goes to the Assembly Judiciary Committee today, Lara will host a 10:30 a.m. rally on the north steps along with John O'Connor from Equality California, Assembly members Susan Eggman and Phil Ting, and the father of a former boy scout expelled from the organization.

VIDEO: State Controller John Chiang has learned that you can't cut off a lawmaker's paycheck and not expect consequences, Dan Walters says.

DOMESTICITY: Today witnesses the latest big push for the domestic workers rights bill carried by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco. Domestic workers and their allies have been traversing the well-trod San Diego-to-Sacramento route in support of the bill (which goes before Senate Appropriations next Tuesday), and today they arrive in Sacramento for a 2:30 p.m. rally also expected to feature Angie Wei of the California Labor Federation, Alice Huffman of the California NAACP, and nearly a dozen lawmakers.

BILL ROUNDUP: Some legislation of note today: coming a few days after a State Auditor's report faulted the state's management of funds for updating voting systems, the Assembly Elections And Redistricting Committee considers a pair of bills of to streamline the process; a barrage of gun control bills goes before the Assembly Public Safety Committee, along with legislation to regulate drone surveillance; and a medical marijuana bill that has become the remaining priority this session for cannabis advocates awaits the judgment of the Assembly Health Committee.

STERILIZATION SCRUTINIZED: You may remember this particularly gruesome story detailing how California prisons sterilized some female inmates. Today, the Senate Public Safety Committee convenes a 10:30 a.m. hearing to investigate.

SANS SAN ONOFRE: With the San Onofre nuclear power station offline, officials are looking at how to decommission the plant and compensate for the lost energy. Witnesses at today's Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee hearing on the matter include Michael Weber of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Edward Randolph, energy division director for the California Public Utilities Commission; and Stephen Pickett of Southern California Edison.

DELTA DOLLARS: The proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan's price tag comes under the magnifying glass again today with a 9:30 a.m. joint hearing of the Senate committees on Natural Resources and Water and Governance and Finance. Witnesses will include Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird and Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton "Chuck" Bonham.

PHOTO: Members of California's LGBT Legislative Caucus -- from left to right Senators Ricardo Lara and Mark Leno, Assembly members Richard Gordon and Susan Eggman-Talamantes, and Senator Toni Atkins, D-San Diego -- huddle in before a press conference after the Supreme Court announced its decision on California's same-sex marriage ban and DOMA on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the State Capitol. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.


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