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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's updated budget proposal won't be unveiled until Friday, but Assembly Democrats are already responding to the yet-to-be released May revise.

Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Assembly Budget Committee Chair Bob Blumenfield are holding a 10 a.m. presser to lay out their expectations and pledge to maintain openness in the budget process. Those promises include bucking the Big 5 meetings and televising committee hearings online.

Budget subcommittees from both houses are coming together today for a 1:30 p.m. joint hearing on improving operations at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

California prisons are also the topic of talk in front of the Assembly Public Safety Committee today. That committee is meeting at 9:30 a.m. to look at proposals for paroling the state's aging inmate population.

The Senate Transportation and Housing Committee takes a look at a recent State Auditor report on the High-Speed Rail Authority. The audit, which you can read here, warned of delays and incomplete projects due to a lack of planning and inadequate oversight. State Auditor Elaine Howle and Authority interim Executive Director Carrie Pourvahidi are expected to testify at the 1:30 p.m. hearing.

SD15 SPECIAL: Secretary of State Debra Bowen holds a randomized drawing today to determine the ballot order for candidates running in the June 22 special primary election to fill Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado's old seat in the 15th Senate District. Of course, whether that election proceeds as planned depends on the fate of a lawsuit asking a federal judge to halt the contest until the U.S. Department of Justice approves the election for one county subject to review under the federal Voting Rights Act.

BALLOT WATCH: Opponents of Proposition 14 are holding a 2 p.m. presser to talk about the impact the "top-two primary" measure would have on minor parties. Representatives from the Green, Libertarian, Peace and Freedom and American Independence parties, as well as Republican Party Vice Chair Tom Del Beccaro are scheduled to attend the event, which will be held at the PACSAT Studios on 16th and S streets.

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