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Senate1.jpgIt's the day we've all been waiting for. Well, kind of.

When the Legislature finishes business today (or maybe sometime in the morning Friday), the 2013 regular session will be in the books. Technically, the Assembly and Senate have until midnight Friday to mop up, but Yom Kippur, the holiest of Jewish holidays, begins at sundown on Friday, and legislative leaders want to give their charges time to get home to their families.

While it looks like fracking, school testing, prison housing and minimum wage issues have been resolved, dozens of bills remain, despite the relatively heavy session schedule already this week.

VIDEO: Dan Walters says the state's prison saga will continue despite compromise legislation.

IMMIGRATION: Before things get under way in earnest upstairs in the legislative chambers, GOP lawmakers will gather for a news conference with others to push for Congress to act on immigration issues. The GOP says more than a dozen members will show up at the 9 a.m. event in Room 1190.

RECIDIVISM: The Board of State and Community Corrections meets in Irvine to talk about realignment and hear from Edward Latessa, who will speak on "What Works and What Doesn't in Reducing Recidivism." Things get underway at 10 a.m. at the Marriott.

DATA: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom takes his data roadshow to Berkeley to keynote a conference titled "Can Open Data Improve Democratic Governance?" From 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Banatao Auditoium/Sutardja Dai Hall. Carole Post, the former chief information officer for New York City, is on the panel.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Cañada Flintridge, has two reasons to celebrate today -- the session is ending (well, kind of), and she's celebrating her 72nd birthday.

PHOTO: Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg on July 6, 2012. The Sacramento Bee/Lezlie Sterling.


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