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    Lawmakers already have their first break to look forward to: Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Senate and the Assembly will meet for brief, atypical Friday floor sessions today before heading home for the long weekend. Not much is likely to happen, but it will allow legislators to collect their $163-per-day per diem allowances for the weekend. The state constitution grants lawmakers living expenses on top of their salaries – as long as they are not out of session for more than three consecutive days.

    – Alexei Koseff

The Buzz: Sandra Fluke perseveres during capital appearance

Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 - 12:00 am

Women’s rights activist addresses policy summit

Liberal women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke urged a roomful of 600 policymakers and advocates at the California Women’s Policy Summit on Thursday to work on issues beyond abortion, touting efforts to provide fertility treatment to injured veterans and health care to transgender people.

“This doesn’t mean turning away from the fights we’ve historically fought, but it means making sure we are moving to these new frontiers,” said Fluke, who became widely known in 2012 when R ush Limbaugh called her a slut after she testified in favor of health plans covering birth control.

At one point Thursday, Fluke broke out in a sweat, said she was feeling dizzy and sat down. After several minutes, she took off her jacket and returned to the podium. “What did you learn about women’s health at this conference?” Fluke said. “That it’s important to eat breakfast and lunch.”

Then she said that her high heels were hurting, and offered advice to the audience before finishing in bare feet: “Reject ridiculous beauty standards … Wear shoes that don’t make you feel like you’re going to fall over when you’re giving a speech.”

– Laurel Rosenhall

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