Things are relatively quiet in the Legislature today. With the policy bill deadline and attendant chaos now behind us, committees have a lighter agenda (although the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee will take up a bill exempting diapers from taxes, the latest from Sacramento’s Diaper Crusader).
In the executive branch, Gov. Jerry Brown will be back in Sacramento to honor 13 peace officers slain in the line of duty last year. Family members will meet with Brown before heading to the 11 a.m. ceremony at the California Peace Officers Memorial, where Attorney General Kamala Harris and Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye will also be in attendance.
Also being commemorated are five long-ago deaths. The most recent honoree, a South San Francisco cop, died in 1953; a Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy named in the ceremony fell in 1881. That was back when the Brown family was somewhat new to California and the sources of the governor’s beloved history lessons were still unfolding in real time.
CORINTHIANAID: The state is working to assist students left out in the cold by for-profit Corinthian Colleges’ sudden shutdown. A bill announced last week would offer financial relief and legal help, and today the California Student Aid Commission is holding a webinar to advise Corinthian students on what comes next. Representatives from Harris’ office are expected to be on hand.
EQUALIZING: One of the Legislature’s loudest voices for poor families is holding a hearing today on addressing “deep poverty” among women and children. Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, will convene the Select Committee on Women and Inequality to hear testimony from advocates, including the County Welfare Directors Association of California and SEIU official Laphonza Butler. Starting at 11 a.m. in room 112.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, who turns 56 today.