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1. BUDGET VOTE???? VO/SOT
Lawmakers were close to a deal on the now 52 day overdue budget yesterday and thought it would come together after meeting with the governor yesterday evening. There are still some unresolved issues according to Senate Republicans, but session is set for today at 11 A.M. in both houses. Each respective house and party is expected to caucus before a vote is taken if any. A vote was expected yesterday in the Senate and did not occur. Efforting soundbites and video.
2. CONSUMER DATA PROTECTION VO/SOT
Assemblyman Dave Jones (D-Sacramento) will discuss his legislation that he says will protect consumers from theft of their credit card information by prohibiting retailers and government agencies from retaining credit card holder information they don't need. The news conference will be at a Marshall's store in Sacramento. Earlier this year, the parent company of Marshall's and TJ MAXX reported information on 45.6 million credit card and debit cards in its possession was accessed by hackers. Efforting soundbites and video.
3. SOLAR PANELS AT THE CAPITOL VO/SOT
Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) and representatives from the solar power industry will discuss the benefits of solar water heating. Huffman has authored a bill to promote the expansion of solar water heating systems in California. Efforting soundbites and video.
4. EMERGENCY SERVICES/HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS VO/SOT
The Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Services and Homeland Security meets today to discuss whether California is receiving an appropriate share of federal grant money for homeland security and emergency preparedness. Efforting soundbites and video.
5. FORECLOSURE HEARING VO/SOT
The Senate Banking Committee will conduct a hearing on home foreclosures and what one group considers a crisis. The Greenlining Institute will testify about a proposal calling for the Federal Reserve Chairman to call on major investment houses and banks to immediately create a 10 billion dollar national and private anti-foreclosure fund. Efforting soundbites and video.
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Transportation/Bridge Hearing - Senate Transportation and Housing Committee was expected to conduct a hearing about the state of California's highways and bridges. After the Minnesota collapse earlier this month, the director of Cal Trans suggested changing the federal definitions and rankings for bridges and overpasses that indicate 1620 in California are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Given the Pro Tempore has postponed committee hearings in absence of a budget, the committee is unsure whether it will convene this hearing today. Will effort soundbites and video if the hearing goes forward.
Delta Smelt Hearing A Federal Court judge in Fresno will hear arguments in a hearing that could restrict pumping water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to about 25 million Californians in the San Francisco Bay Area, Central Valley and Southern California who rely on this water for drinking and agriculture.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Los Angeles with United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, discussing restoration efforts for the San Francisco Bay Delta.
The Senate and Assembly convene at 11 A.M.
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