And its members have plenty to keep them busy. The Senate Appropriations Committee stands poised to churn through a stack of legislation that includes, at last count, more than 150 bills -- some of them momentous or robustly disputed pieces of public policy -- before its Aug. 30 deadline.
Among the bills now before the judgment of Senate Appropriations are one to raise the state's minimum wage; a bill allowing more medical professionals to perform certain abortions; legislation aimed at quenching the thirst of communities that lack drinking water; and a few more gun control bills.
The first trickle in a coming deluge of bills headed for Gov. Jerry Brown's desk is a transgender rights bill that has provoked some strong reactions, Dan Walters notes.
CANNA-BUSINESS: The organizations Americans for Safe Access and Californians to Regulate Medical Marijuana will be patrolling the halls of the State Capitol today for a lobby day. A bill that would have birthed a marijuana regulatory agency met its demise earlier this year, so reefer representatives will focus their advocacy on a surviving bill that would establish some guidelines for prescribing medical marijuana. Later, some lawmakers will waft over to an evening reception at the Citizen Hotel.
Also this evening, companies comprising the California Cannabis Industry Association will host an educational fair on California's burgeoning weed industry. No word on whether staffers for state lawmakers will be there, but Board of Equalization member Betty Yee is expected to attend. At The Courtyard on O Street.
LOCAL CONTROL FUNDING: With schools preparing for the massive education funding overhaul Brown successfully pushed through this year, the California State Board of Education and the California Department of Education are holding a series of workshops to gather input and share information. Today Sacramento hosts one, at the Sacramento County Office of Education building from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, who turns 56 today, and to Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who is 59.
Editor's note: the original version of this post mistakenly stated that Sacramento City Council member Darrell Fong would attend the California Cannabis Industry Association event. Fong did not attend.
PHOTO: Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, seen here at the California Legislature on Thursday, June 6, 2013, is joining his Senate colleagues in suiting up and getting back to work. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.