The champagne has been uncorked and imbibed, the calendars flipped and the soon-to-be-broken resolutions crafted: 2013 has passed into history.
All of which means Sacramento is preparing for the 2014 legislative session. Things officially gets started when legislators return to the state Capitol today.
The coming legislative year will be marked by leadership transitions in both houses; tests of a Democratic supermajority that looming elections could erase; disputes over how to spend a fiscal windfall; wading into water wars; and the ongoing turmoil around a state senator who is under the FBI's microscope.
As we get ready to embark on another legislative odyssey, here are some of the stories we at Capitol Alert are watching.