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1. DENHAM ON BUDGET IMPASSE VO/SOTState Senator Jeff Denham (R-Merced) has been portrayed as the last holdout for passage of the state budget. Denham is one of 14 Republicans senators demanding spending reductions and a bill prohibiting Attorney General Jerry Brown from filing lawsuits against local governments and state agencies the AG believes aren’t considering the impact of greenhouse gas emissions in their land use and development plans. Denham is from what’s considered a swing legislative district and the state Democratic party launched a recall effort against him after he voted against approving Senate Democrat’s budget plan. Denham has purchased ads countering the recall attempt. Efforting soundbites and video.

2. GOVERNOR’S HEALTH CARE PLAN VO/SOTHealth care provider organizations and patient advocates this morning will launch what is being called the California Chronic Care Coalition (CCCC), which is announcing its support for Governor Schwarzenegger’s version of health reform plan that calls for assessing businesses four percent of their payroll to help fund coverage for all Californians. Efforting soundbites and video.

3. TEEN PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE VO/SOTThe Easter District U.S. Attorney and officials from the California Department of Alcohol an Drug Programs this morning will discuss increasing rates of prescription and over-the-counter drugs by teenagers. Efforting soundbites and video.

4. MINORITY SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT VO/SOTState Schools Superintendent Jack O'Connell will visit a theater in an African American neighborhood to discuss with community and education leaders how test scores can be improved in minority communities. Efforting soundbites and video.5. RANDOM ALPHABET DRAW VO/NATThe Secretary of State's office will conduct the random alphabet drawing for the November 6, 2007 election. This election is not a statewide election, but some counties are conducting elections for local offices or vacancies in state and congressional seats in their jurisdictions. Efforting video with nat sound.

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Lead Paint Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) is proposing a California ban on lead paint in toys and other goods to be used by children in California if there is no similar federal action within three months. Ma will discuss her proposal in San Francisco at a 10:30 press conference as well as her current legislation that seeks to ban phthalates and Bisphenol A in toys sold in California. That bill is still in the legislative process.

Governor of Sonora Mexico -- The Honorable Eduardo Bours Castelo will speak today at a California Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Sacramento, to encourage new investments in Sonora, Mexico. Governor Bours presides over the XXV Border Governors Conference, which encourages economic cooperation among ten U.S.-Mexico border states. Bours speaks in Spanish, but a translator will be available at the event. .

GOVERNOR'S SCHEDULEGovernor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Sacramento for private meetings.

LEGISLATURE'S SCHEDULEThe Senate is on call of the Pro Tempore. The Assembly is in summer recess until August 20th.

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