It’s a hectic time in Sacramento. Policy committees are churning through votes ahead of Friday’s deadline to hear bills, and every day sees new packs of interest group members roving the Capitol’s hallways. It’s prime Lobby Day season.
Up today are unionized firefighters represented by California Professional Firefighters, who expect to hear from Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego; the National Federation of Independent Business will lay out its agenda to lawmakers; veterans in town for the American Legion, Department of California’s legislative day will talk to lawmakers who are sponsoring veteran-centric bills; and the League of California Cities will be advocating for transportation and affordable housing funding in addition to hosting a summit on the hazards of illegal marijuana grows (room 127).
Venture into the basement this evening and you’ll stumble across a California Police Chiefs Association reception to launch their official lobby day Thursday, during which cops will present their opposition to bills targeting racial profiling by seeking more police stop data and regulating access to surplus military equipment while promoting legislation to regulate medical pot, govern law enforcement drone use and authorize the use of cannabis “breathalyzers.”
OH JEANS: Don’t be surprised if lawmakers appear to be dressed a little casual. It’s the latest iteration of Denim Day, an event that raises awareness of sexual assault by evoking a 1992 Italian Supreme Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim had worn jeans. The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault will hold a morning rally on the west steps, with around 20 legislators expected to attend, Atkins among them.
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HOMEWARD: It’s a big day for Atkins: Assembly Bill 1335, a measure that would create a dedicated affordable housing fund replenished by a new real estate transaction fee, goes up in the Assembly Housing And Community Development Committee this morning.
THINKFLUENCE: Global elites have converged in Los Angeles for a Milken Institute conference – events that are so exclusive that even a morning cycle class is invite only – and today Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, will get to mingle with fellow bigwigs as they give a lunchtime talk on taxes, precision medicine and, of course, water in one of the world’s largest economies.
YOUTHONIZE: Meanwhile, a de León bill that would help caregivers unionize and seeks more subsidized childcare comes up in the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee this morning. Advocates will rally for Senate Bill 548 on the south steps along with senators Holly Mitchell and Hannah-Beth Jackson, members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, which has been emphasizing childcare-related policies.
Call Jeremy B. White, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5543.