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Sen. Gloria Romero will present her sentencing commission legislation, SB 110, to the Assembly Public Safety Committee one week after her police records bill, SB 1019, died in the very same committee without a vote.

She also will present her prisoner risk assessment bill, SB 263, to the committee.

Romero also will chair a meeting of the Senate Public Safety committee in the morning.

The speaker will present his alternative fuels fee bill to the Senate transportation committee.

Back on the Assembly side, Sen. Sheila Kuehl will continue to move her universal health-care legislation, this time presenting the bill to the Assembly Health Committee.

The California Horse Racing Board will have a tele-meeting today during which they are expected to vote to grant an exemption to Bay Meadows, the San Mateo racetrack, to continue racing for one more year. The exemption would allow Bay Meadow to operate a dirt, rather than synthetic, track through 2008.

The vote is a small victory for Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, who represents the area and has fought for the exemption and sparred publicly with board Chairman Robert Shapiro.

In March, Yee introduced a resolution calling for Shapiro's resignation.

"The senator's pleased that they are finally taking this action but they ended up keeping the lives of a lot of family members in the balance," said Yee spokesman Adam Keigwin. "The 500 jobs that are down there shouldn't have had to wait four meetings to come to that conclusion."