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de_Leon_Wright.JPGA trio of Democratic senators — President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens and Kevin de León of Los Angeles — are scheduled to unveil a package of bills to change ethics and campaign rules for California officials during an 11 a.m. press conference in Room 1190 at the Capitol.

Lara and de León are part of an "ethics working group," a band of Senate Democrats who have been meeting behind closed doors in recent weeks. The group formed after a spate of problems hit the Capitol: Sen. Rod Wright, D-Baldwin Hills, was found guilty of perjury; Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, was arraigned on federal corruption charges; and two of the most high-profile lobbying firms in town were slapped with fines for breaking ethics laws.

The latest proposals follow a bill package from Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, that includes a ban on fundraising within 100 days of the end of session, and a bill package from Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, that includes a ban on fundraising at lobbyists' homes.

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PARTYLESS POLITICIAN: Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, will join with former Secretary of State Bruce McPherson and former Assemblyman Fred Keeley in Room 126 of the Capitol at 10:30 a.m. to announce a constitutional amendment that would make the Secretary of State a non-partisan office. The measure, which would also move the responsibility of writing titles and summaries for statewide ballot initiatives from the Attorney General to the Secretary of State, needs a two-thirds vote from both houses of the Legislature to pass. If the governor signed it, the amendment would then go to the ballot for a public vote. Fourteen other states currently have Secretary of State offices that are non-partisan.

STUMP SPEECH: The Sacramento Press Club hosts Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari to talk about his campaign to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown and his plans for California. The lunch event takes place at the Capitol Plaza Ballroom on 9th Street at noon.

BUDGET CONFERENCE: The California Budget Project, a group focused on budget policies affecting low- and middle-income Californians, holds an all-day conference about creating "shared prosperity." Among the scheduled speakers are state Sens. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, as well as local journalist and author Sasha Abramsky. The conference begins at 9 a.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center.

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: UC Davis law school professor Richard Frank discusses the role of courts and litigation in creating California's environmental policy at noon at the UC Center Sacramento on K Street.

HAPPY HOUR: The New Leaders Council, which trains "progressive political entrepreneurs," hosts a networking happy hour with its 2014 fellows at the Fox & Goose Public House on R Street at 5:30 p.m.

PHOTO: Senators >Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, talks with Senator Rod Wright, D-Baldwin Hills, during an informational hearing on gun laws in January 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua



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