Meeting for the first time since the mass shooting that shook Santa Barbara over the weekend, Democratic lawmakers yesterday called for new efforts to keep mentally ill people from obtaining guns.
First up is a package of bills and budget proposals from Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg to address mental healthcare in California's criminal justice system, recidivism and public safety. Steinberg will be joined by Sens. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, and Jim Beall, D-San Jose, to present the legislation at 11 a.m. in Room 211 of the Capitol.
Steinberg said he was planning to introduce the legislation regardless of the events in Isla Vista, where six students were killed and another 13 were injured Friday night, but the incident creates new urgency for the conversation. Among the package is a proposal to strengthen statewide protocols to help law enforcement identify signs of mental illness.
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BAD BEHAVIOR: In response to a scandal-plagued year that has led to the suspension of three senators, Senate Republicans will introduce a package of legislation aimed at preventing ethics abuses, noon in the office of Sen. Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar. The bills will focus on closing campaign finance loopholes, toughening reporting requirements, preventing the use of campaign funds for criminal defense and increasing penalties for lawmakers who accept bribes.
GOING UNDER: Rising sea levels and storm surges create a flood risk for nearly 3,500 miles of California roadways and 280 miles of rail lines, according to the California Energy Commission. As part of its annual update of the state's Integrated Energy Policy Report, the commission will conduct a workshop on this and other potential threats of climate change to the state's transportation system, 3 p.m. at the California Energy Commission building on 9th Street.
WIC-KED AWESOME: In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, the California WIC Assocation sponsors a health fair and picnic at noon on the west steps of the Capitol.
ALL TOGETHER NOW: The California Financing Coordinating Committee, which helps arrange financing for public-works projects, holds a funding fair about available grants for drinking water, energy efficiency, flood management and other projects, 8:30 a.m. at the Cal/EPA Building on I Street.
DROUGHT WARRIOR: Last December, Gov. Jerry Brown convened an interagency task force to review the state's water allocations and drought preparedness. California's food and agriculture secretary, Karen Ross, who is leading the task force, will discuss the impacts of the drought and possible solutions during a speaking engagement at Santa Clara University at noon.
PHOTO: State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, who represents the community of Isla Vista where six young people were killed on May 23, leads senators in a moment of silence in their memory, at the Capitol on May 27, 2014. The Associated Press/Rich Pedroncelli.