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CAR_PHOTO_RESIZED.jpgProtecting consumer data has been a hot topic around the Capitol this year: The Senate and Assembly both held hearings last month on the holiday data breaches that compromised credit card information for tens of millions of shoppers at Target and Neiman Marcus. New bills this session aim to stop educational websites and apps from compiling and selling information about K-12 students and to prohibit the California health care exchange from disclosing any personal information without an individual's permission.

Now state Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, turns the attention to automobiles, which have increasingly sophisticated on-board operating systems that collect data about vehicles and their owners. Monning will announce new legislation at 10:30 a.m. on the north steps of the Capitol that would give car consumers more access to the data, which is controlled primarily by automakers. He will be joined by representatives from AAA of Northern California, Nevada and Utah, the Automobile Club of Southern California and various business groups.

VIDEO: Once a leader on issues of open access to public records and meetings, California is now playing catch-up with other states, Dan Walters says.

PEEVEY PRESENCE Public Utilities Commission President Michael R. Peevey is among the scheduled witnesses for today's informational hearing on the PUC by the Senate Energy, Utilities And Communications Committee. The appearance by Peevey, who angered some lawmakers last year after rebuffing requests to testify to legislative panels, comes as state and federal lawmakers have raised alarm about last spring's sniper attack on a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power substation and follows a recent state audit that found that the PUC had not reviewed large energy utilities' balancing accounts containing $37.6 billion. The hearing begins at 9:30 a.m. in Room 3191.

DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?: The Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment will hear from juvenile justice experts and educators on the "school-to-prison pipeline," 10 a.m. in Room 126 of the Capitol.

The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee speaks with California water experts, including Department of Water Resources director Mark Cowin, about challenges in managing the state's groundwater, 1:30 p.m. in Room 113 of the Capitol.

Senate and Assembly select committees on the wine industry and sustainable agriculture hold a joint hearing on sustainable wine-growing efforts and how they have been affected by the drought, 3 p.m. in Room 2040 of the Capitol.

READY, SET, GO: An organization of retired military leaders, holds its legislative lobby day to encourage greater investment in education, health and physical fitness programs for young children. Mission: Readiness California meets at 8 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency on L Street before visiting with lawmakers.

BUSINESS DINNER: Following a legislative summit and office visits, the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce hosts a reception for elected representatives, 5:30 p.m. at Mayahuel on K Street.

GIVING KUDOS: The National Association of Social Workers honors Assembly members Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, and Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, for their service in the Legislature at 5 p.m. in the Eureka Room of the Capitol. Eggman and Yamada are both former social workers and introduced a resolution declaring March "Social Work Month."

POLITICAL PATH: California Trailblazers, a group that recruits and advises Republican politicians, celebrates its "Pathfinder" program candidates from more than a dozen legislative races at 5:30 p.m. at Hock Farm on L Street.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, who turns 49 today.

PHOTO: New Honda automobiles are displayed at Mel Rapton Honda on Dec. 10, 2012 in Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee/Paul Kitagaki Jr.



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