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GMO_labels.JPGProposition 37, which would have required labeling of genetically modified food, was one of California's most expensive ballot fights in the November 2012 election. The measure failed, but proponents pushed on to other states and have seen successes in the Maine and Connecticut state legislatures.

Now the fight returns to California with SB 1381, a bill by state Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, that would prescribe labeling requirements for foods that are genetically engineered or contain genetically engineered ingredients.

Will taking their cause to lawmakers instead of voters change the outcome for anti-GMO advocates? That question could become clearer when the bill goes before its first committee, the Senate Health Committee, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 4203 of the Capitol.

VIDEO: School districts and civil rights groups have been at odds over how to spend new school money to close California's "achievement gap," Dan Walters says. Now Democratic lawmakers have weighed in.

DRUG POLLUTION: New legislation from state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, aims to address potential environmental damage from people's disposal of medicine by creating a statewide drug take-back program for unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The Senate Environmental Quality Committee will hold an informational hearing on the bill at 9:30 a.m. in Room 3191 of the Capitol and then vote on it.

MORE HEARINGS: The Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment meets at 10 a.m. in Room 444 of the Capitol to discuss resources available to female prisoners upon re-entry into society. The Senate Insurance Committee gathers at 1:30 p.m. in Room 112 of the Capitol for a hearing on California's earthquake preparedness and the risk to businesses and the economy.

GLOBAL CONCERNS: How should the international community respond to North Korea? The World Affairs Council of Northern California sponsors a briefing with Philip Yun, a North Korea adviser in the Clinton administration, noon in Room 2040 of the Capitol.

VETS VISIT: The California chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America is in town for its lobby day, starting with a gathering at 8:45 a.m. in the Capitol Basement Cafeteria to discuss legislation of interest and honor state Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, and Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley. Following legislative visits, the group will hold a public ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Capitol Park at 3 p.m.

I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM: The California Grocers Association is also at the Capitol today and will host an ice cream social for legislators and their staffs on the south steps at 1:30 p.m., sponsored by Nestle Dreyer's Ice Cream.

POLICE FUNERAL: Last week, a Mendocino County sheriff's deputy was killed in a shootout with an armed kidnapping suspect. Gov. Jerry Brown will attend the funeral for the officer, Ricky Del Fiorentino, at 10 a.m. at the Cotton Auditorium in Fort Bragg.

PHOTO: Some packaged foods are labeled as being free of GMO at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op on September 18, 2012. The Sacramento Bee/Randall Benton


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