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Brothers Brian, left center, and John Kabateck, right center, greet incoming legislators at a party for Assembly members in Sacramento last week. The business and trial lawyers lobbies that they represent – traditionally rival factions – differ on almost every issue.

AM Alert: With deadline looming, a busy week of floor sessions

Published: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 - 6:00 am

Many of last year's holdover bills met their demise last week when they failed to advance from committee, and this Friday, they face another major deadline to get out of their house of origin.

As a result, the Legislature will be in overdrive this week. Though they typically only meet on Mondays and Thursdays, both the Senate and the Assembly have scheduled up to four floor sessions to get through everything. About 30 2013 bills are pending in the Senate, while the Assembly has more than 50.

The Senate plans to meet Monday at 2 p.m., Tuesday at 10 a.m., Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Thursday at 9 a.m. The Assembly has scheduled floor sessions for Monday at noon, Wednesday at 11 a.m. and Thursday at 9 a.m., with a Friday session on call if necessary.

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GRAND OLD PARTY: The California Republican Party hosts its annual back-to-session bash tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Ella on K Street. Tickets start at $2,500. Here's hoping Coolio makes an appearance!

CUT THE RIBBON: And the soirees continue. Elizabeth Emken -- who ran against U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2012 and is one of three Republican challengers to Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove -- hosts the grand opening of her campaign headquarters in Rancho Cordova at 5:30 p.m. Assembly members Kristin Olsen, R-Riverbank, and Don Wagner, R-Irvine, are scheduled to make an appearance at the event. Bera's 7th Congressional District is expected to be among the state's most competitive House races this year; Bera won with 51 percent of the vote in 2012.

NEW JOB: Congratulations to Elizabeth Stitt, former senior press aide to Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, who starts work as a consultant with public affairs firm Swanson Communications today.

SNEAK PEEK: Why wait for the morning paper? We give you an early look at Sacramento Bee editorials and cartoons with Capitol Alert Insider Edition. You can download the app for iPad or iPhone here.

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