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20131003_brown0115.JPGA week from today, it will be over.

By "it" we mean the 2013 legislative process: Lawmakers adjourned for recess back in mid-September, shifting the focus to Gov. Jerry Brown and his all-important pen. This coming Sunday, Oct. 13, marks the final day for the governor to decide which bills become law and which ones expire via veto.

Brown has already passed judgment on some high-profile measures, including legislation to regulate hydraulic fracturing, raise California's minimum wage and offer driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. (The latter two got multiple signing ceremonies.)

But a few heavily lobbied, closely watched measures still await, including bills that would ban lead ammunition, bar out-of-state athletes from claiming worker's compensation, and change the statute of limitation for sexual abuse cases. Stick with us to see what happens.

VIDEO: It's no accident that the governor has saved some of the most controversial bills for last, Dan Walters says.

RECALL RECOLLECTION: A decade has passed since the electoral free-for-all that saw then-Gov. Gray Davis recalled in favor of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Today marks the 10-year anniversary of that fateful 2003 election. Some of the candidates will hold a reunion at the state Capitol this coming Saturday, and filmmaker Jayson Haedrich has a documentary on the recall that's expected to be screened at Sacramento State University later this month -- more details on both later.

COLLEGE COSTS: An Assembly Higher Education Committee hearing today will take a look at college access and affordability. Because it's a district event rather than one in the state Capitol, the event will be heavy on perspectives from UC Santa Barbara staff (committee chair Das Williams represents the area), but it will also include testimony from Judy Heiman of the Legislative Analyst's Office and from Jamillah Moore of the California Student Aid Commission. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown signs AB 60, which allows driver's licenses to be issued to undocumented immigrants, at Fresno City College on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.


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