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credit_card.JPGTime to shake off that "House of Cards" binge-watch hangover.

Holiday shoppers at Target and Neiman Marcus were hit with the worst kind of news in December: Massive security breaches had compromised the credit card information of tens of millions of people.

The Assembly Judiciary and Assembly Banking and Finance committees will hold a joint informational hearing on those attacks today, exploring the safety of our personal data and what steps can be taken to enhance its security. The hearing, which begins at 1:30 p.m. in Room 4202 of the Capitol, will feature testimony from consumer organizations, law enforcement, and representatives from MasterCard and Visa.

Though they attended a similar hearing in Congress earlier this month, Target and Neiman Marcus will not appear appear before the Assembly panel, Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, who chairs the judiciary committee, told Capitol Alert last week.

"It's a little slap on the face for the people of California," he said

VIDEO: The court ruling that a recent California law violated the Second Amendment could put a stop to the state's renewed push for gun control, Dan Walters says.

NO H2O: The drought is all too real for some California communities that are dangerously low on water. State officials revealed last month that 17 rural areas could run out completely within 60 to 120 days. The Assembly committees on environmental safety and health will address that crisis in a joint hearing on access to drinking water at 1:30 p.m. in Room 437 of the Capitol.

UNCHAINED: A law prohibiting prisons from shackling pregnant inmates went into effect in California in January 2013. Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, who authored the legislation, will hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m. in Room 317 of the Capitol to review how public safety officials are complying with the change. A new report from Legal Services for Prisoners With Children says the results are mixed.

RAISE YOUR VOICE: Renters' rights organization Tenants Together is in Sacramento today for a march and rally protesting what they say is a lack of affordable housing in California caused by real estate speculators and rising rents. The march begins at 10 a.m. at 11th and L, and continues to the north steps of the Capitol for the rally at 11 a.m.

CELEBRATIONS: Lots of birthdays today! Best wishes to Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, who turns 59; Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, who turns 66; and Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, who turns 50.

PHOTO: Sara Dobbyn buys shoes using a Visa credit card from Shoefly, a store in midtown Sacramento, on January 8, 2004. The Sacramento Bee/Paul Kitagaki Jr.



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