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RB_Capitol_Dome.JPGBack from a one-day hiatus for Rosh Hashanah, lawmakers return today for what are expected to be daylong sessions sorting through the mass of bills awaiting floor votes.

Things get started at 10 a.m. for both the Senate and the Assembly and continue through happy hour, until about 6 p.m., as we roll along into the final week of the 2013 legislative session, which ends next Friday.

VIDEO: The most interesting bill remaining before the Legislature has yet to get a hearing. Dan Walters explains.

TRANSIT BILL MOVING: We brought you news earlier this week of Gov. Jerry Brown moving to keep the federal transportation funding spigot open by releasing transit workers from the new pension law. The bill serving as a vessel for the exemption is double-booked today -- it stops first in the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee before chugging over to Senate Appropriations -- reflecting an expectation that this legislation will zoom, with bullet-train-like speed, to Brown's desk.

YOUNG REPUBLICANS: Members of the California Young Republican Federation will gather in Long Beach this weekend for a convention, where the state's conservatives will hear from Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Lakeside; Assembly members Eric Linder, Diane Harkey, Travis Allen and Mike Morrell; Sens. Bob Huff and Mimi Walters; and California Republican Party Chair Jim Brulte.

LABORLAND: Also beginning this weekend is a five-day national convention of the AFL-CIO in Los Angeles, featuring bigwigs like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka. President Barack Obama

CELEBRATIONS: Several lawmakers are marking birthdays this weekend. Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Chino, turns 72 today; Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, celebrates her 49th birthday on Saturday; and Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, will be 68 on Sunday.


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