Today is the last day for fiscal committees to meet and report to the floor bills introduced in their house, so both the Senate and Assembly appropriations committees will be running through their suspense files - lists of legislation the committees have held off on considering until a clearer picture of available revenue emerged.
Both houses have extensive lists to consider: There are in 232 bills in the Senate's suspense file, and 319 in the Assembly. Among them are many of Capitol Alert Insider Edition's Bills to Watch for 2014.
The Senate Appropriations Committee, which meets in Room 4203 of the Capitol upon adjournment of morning floor session, will consider legislation that would expand pre-kindergarten for all California four-year-olds, provide access to subsidized health care and student loans for undocumented immigrants, mandate labeling of genetically-modified foods, speed up the process for firing teachers accused of egregious misconduct, and create a fundraising blackout period for the Legislature.
The Assembly Appropriations Committee, which meets in Room 4202 of the Capitol upon adjournment of morning floor session, will consider legislation that would deal with a backlog of untested rape kits, require paid sick days for employees, make it easier for undocumented immigrants to pay taxes and extend the film tax credit.
VIDEO: Even with a scaled-back proposal, it's unclear whether pre-kindergarten expansion will make it into the final budget, Dan Walters says.
PUMP UP THE JAM: Under California's landmark cap-and-trade law, oil producers in the state will have to buy carbon credits for all the fuel they sell beginning next year. A coalition of businesses, consumers and advocates called Fed Up at the Pump launches a campaign against the tax, which is expected to raise gasoline prices by several cents per gallon, 10:30 a.m. at Three B's Auto and Truck Plaza in Lodi. State Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, will join the group in asking Gov. Jerry Brown to halt the law before it goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Fed Up at the Pump argues that the rising cost of gas will have negative impact on motorists as well as industries such as agriculture, trucking and construction.
CONGRADULATIONS: The 2014 commencement season continues this weekend with another speaker from under the dome: Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, delivers the address at Sacramento State's College of Health and Human Services ceremony, Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the Sleep Train Arena.
IN MEMORIAM: In honor of Memorial Day and those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, the Legislature will be out of session until Tuesday. But there is plenty of action around the Capitol this long weekend, including a "reading of the names" at the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Capitol Park at 7 a.m. on Sunday and a program at the Mexican-American Veterans Memorial on 10th Street at 1 p.m. on Monday.
Editor's Note: This post has been updated to eliminate a reference to the bill requiring porn actors to wear condoms. That bill is not on the suspense file -- it was sent to the floor for a vote.
PHOTO: Twenty-eight new Assembly members undergo orientation inside the Assembly chambers on Nov. 12, 2008. The Sacramento Bee/Brian Baer