Student leaders from high school Gay-Straight Alliance clubs across the state are in Sacramento for Queer Youth Advocacy Day, pushing for greater school safety for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.
Members from the California Legislative LGBT Caucus will address the students at 10:45 a.m. on the east steps of the Capitol, including Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, Assemblymen Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, and Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, and state Sens. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Mark Leno, D-San Francisco.
The students are lobbying on efforts to require schools to develop anti-bullying policies and end "willful defiance" discipline, as well as promoting the implementation of last year's controversial legislation allowing transgender students to access school facilities corresponding with their gender identity, which faced an unsuccessful repeal effort.
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READY, AIM, FIRE: Though he's turned his attention to the governor's race, where he's leading the Republican field of contenders, Tim Donnelly's work in the Legislature isn't done yet. The Twin Peaks assemblyman will promote his bill to overhaul California's handgun carry licensing system, 11 a.m. in Room 444 of the Capitol. He will be joined by Brandon Combs, president of the gun rights group California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Assembly members Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, and Tom Daly, D-Anaheim, are addressing California's affordable housing crunch with a tax credit for low-income renters that they say will bring together tenants and landlords. The lawmakers will be joined by representatives from the California Apartment Association and Tenants Together to unveil the details, 11 a.m. in Room 126 of the Capitol.
BREAKING AWAY: A bipartisan group of lawmakers is aiming to increase military energy independence in California with a pair of bills that would allow military bases to sell back more renewable energy to the grid and receive greater state support for energy efficiency goals. Assemblymen Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, V. Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella, and Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, will discuss their proposals at 10:30 a.m. at the traffic circle just west of the Capitol between 9th and 10th streets.
WATER POLITICS: Another day, another water bond. As the the drought remains a hot political issue in California and legislators seek to replace a measure currently on the November ballot, Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, will introduce his $9.45 billion solution to the water crisis, 10 a.m. on the east steps of the Capitol.
STRONG START: Community college educators discuss how they are redesigning basic English and math education to improve student success, 10 a.m. in Room 437 of the Capitol. The talk is sponsored by the Campaign for College Opportunity.
PHOTO: A pride flag and the American flag hang over the Sacramento LGBT Community Center on June 26, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua