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1. HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAM RESULTS VO/SOT
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell (D-San Luis Obispo) will release and discuss the results of the 2006-2007 academic year's High School Exit Exam this morning at the State Department of Education in Sacramento. Efforting soundbites and video.
2. FALLEN FIREFIGHTER BILL VO/SOT
Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) is announcing he is renaming a bill to prohibit the use of toxic fire retardants in the manufacture of furniture and bedding. The bill will be named after Crystal Golden-Jefferson, a firefighter who died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Supporters of the bill are attempting to link her death to exposure to the fire retardants. Efforting soundbites and video.
3. UNCLAIMED PROPERTY CLAIMS VO/SOT
State Controller John Chiang (D-Los Angeles) will announce changes to the state's Unclaimed Property Program, which he asserts will make it easier to claim property held by the state. The state's unclaimed property law was enacted in 1959, requiring businesses to send abandoned property to the state for "safekeeping." Efforting soundbites and video.
4. CHILD HEALTH CARE PRAYER VIGIL VO/SOT
Representatives from religious groups will gather at the capitol, to hold a prayer vigil in support of expanding the state's health care programs to include all children. Efforting soundbites and video.
5. BLACK CAUCUS ON SECURITY GUARDS VO/SOT
Members of the Legislative Black Caucus are releasing a report titled "separate and Unequal: How Corporate Real Estate Can End Poverty Conditions in Building Security." The caucus' intent of the report is to support efforts by the Service Employees International Union to organize security guards in privately owned buildings. Efforting soundbites and video.
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Water/Climate Change The State Water Resources Control Board and Department of Water Resources will conduct a joint workshop related to factoring climate change into their department's current policies.
Drug Programs The Little Hoover Commission which makes policies on government efficiency to the governor and legislature will convene a hearing to review whether its policy recommendations from 2003 are being followed in the state's alcohol and drug programs.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Los Angeles with former California Governors Pete Wilson and Gray Davis to promote changes to California's method for drawing legislative districts.
The Senate and the Assembly check in as required to collect their per diem.
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