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20130311_HA_LEGISLATORS1617.JPGComes today the California Fair Political Practices Commission's judgments against a trio of lawmakers, past and present, involved with mishandled campaign money. The FPPC will likely sign off on tens of thousands of dollars in combined fines against former lawmakers Dean Florez and Mike Roos. Assemblyman Luis Alejo is being forced to repay $21,092 the FPPC determined was illegally donated to his campaign by his campaign consultant.

Assemblyman Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, on the other hand, is not going down quietly.

Accused of using a pair of county committees to launder campaign contributions for his brother Bill Berryhill, a former assemblyman, Tom Berryhill has been fighting the case, rejecting the FPPC's claim that he used the county entities to circumvent individual donation limits. Berryhill will testify before an Office of Administrative Hearings judge this morning, seeking to counter the FPPC's claims. His brother Bill is up next Tuesday.

VIDEO: How much of a problem is poverty in California? That depends on how you run the numbers, Dan Walters says.

CARBONATION: A year after California held its inaugural auction of emissions permits, the Air Resources Board is gathering some expert input on operating the newly created cap-and-trade marketplace. Members of the Emissions Market Assessment Committee will be conferring at the Cal-EPA Headquarters Building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, a conference at UC Berkeley will examine how California can curtail its greenhouse gasses. Expected speakers are Mary Nichols, chair of the Air Resources Board; David Hochschild, a commissioner on the California Energy Commission; Cliff Rechtschaffen, an energy and environment adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown; and John White, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies.

COVERED CALIFORNIA: We finally have some numbers on how many Californians bought insurance through the new state exchange as of mid-November. Expect Peter Lee, the exchange's executive director, to float those figures - and compare them favorably to the performance of other states - during a Commonwealth Club event tonight discussing the implementation of the health care overhaul. Starting at 6 p.m.

CARING ON: Speaking of health care, the Select Committee on Workforce and Vocational Development in California will hold a hearing today at CSU Bakersfield about what the federal health care law will mean for workers, particularly a graying workforce. Starting at 9:30 a.m.

Editor's Note: This post and headline has been updated to remove a reference that Assemblyman Luis Alejo was fined. His committee was required to repay $21,092 the FPPC determined was illegally donated to his campaign by his campaign consultant. Updated at 2 p.m. Nov. 18, 2013.

PHOTO: Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, is shown during session in the Senate chambers in Sacramento on March 11, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.



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