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cows.JPGAs antibiotics have become a widespread medical tool, they've actually lost some of their effectiveness -- a concern underpinning ongoing legislative efforts to restrict the use of antibiotics on livestock.

Both state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, have introduced bills this session that would place limits on feeding antibiotics to farm animals, which has been linked to resistant strains of bacteria.

Mullin will be joined by doctors and consumer advocates to discuss his bill, AB 1437, during a press conference at 8:30 a.m. in Room 317 of the Capitol.

AB 1437 is one of Capitol Alert's bills to watch for the 2014 legislative session. Keep tabs on all of them on our Insider Edition app.

VIDEO: It's all about the money as legislators return from spring recess, Dan Walters says.

HEALTH CARE ACCESS: As part of the California Medical Association's lobby day, physicians and legislators will discuss a package of bills that they say would increase access to health care, 11 a.m. on the north steps. Assembly members Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley; Richard Pan, D-Sacramento; V. Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella; and Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, will present legislation.

WHAT'S UP, DOC?: Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom are scheduled to address the California chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians during the group's legislative conference, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the CSAC Conference Center on 11th Street.

A YEAR IN REVIEW: During the first year of enrollment, nearly 1.4 million Californians signed up for health insurance through the state exchange. UCLA health policy and management professor Gerald Kominski will dive into what that number means and what Covered California can learn from it, 11:30 a.m. at the UC Center Sacramento on K Street.

MUSLIM DAY: The Council on American-Islamic Relations gathers on the south steps at 10 a.m. for its third annual Muslim Day at the Capitol to call for support of legislation including SB 1005, which would extend health care subsidies to undocumented immigrants.

TO SERVE AND PROTEST: Members of the California Libertarian Party rally to oppose a measure that would change the state constitution to fill legislative vacancies by gubernatorial appointment and to promote some of their 2014 candidates. Noon at the corner of 12th and L streets.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to state Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, who turns 59 today.

PHOTO: Cows in Sacramento County feed on hay due to drought conditions on January 23, 2014. The Sacramento Bee/Paul Kitagaki Jr.


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