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AM Alert: Kevin de León joins immigrants to advocate for health care expansion

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León is among the legislative Democrats pushing to expand health care to undocumented immigrants.
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León is among the legislative Democrats pushing to expand health care to undocumented immigrants. The Associated Press file

Health care for undocumented immigrants wasn’t part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal last week, but that hasn’t slowed the campaign for SB 4. The proposal – a priority of legislative Democrats that currently sits in the Senate Appropriations Committee as lawmakers consider the expected annual cost of between $175 million and $740 million – tops the agenda for the 19th annual Immigrant Day.

Immigrant rights advocates will be at the Capitol to lobby for SB 4, as well as AB 622, which would prohibit employers from using the federal E-Verify system to check the immigration status of current workers or applicants who have not yet received a job offer; AB 953, to expand limits on racial profiling; and a $20 million budget proposal to assist Californians applying for citizenship or deferred action.

The day will kick off at 9:15 a.m. with an interfaith ceremony on the west steps of the Capitol, followed by a rally at 9:45 a.m. featuring state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, and Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville.

STUCK ON YOU: After a major push by lawmakers last year to expand California’s film production tax credit, Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, D-Los Angeles, is turning his attention back to the program for further changes. He will be joined by musicians’ unions for a concert to promote AB 1199, which would boost support for musical scoring work, 1 p.m. near the fish pond in Capitol Park.

LOVE WILL CONQUER ALL: California’s latest specialty license plate raises money for domestic violence and sexual assault programs throughout the state. Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, and actress AnnaLynne McCord will join the California Office of Emergency Services, the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the NO MORE Campaign to unveil the California Says NO MORE plate, which needs at least 7,500 orders to go into production, 10:30 a.m. in Room 127 of the Capitol.

ALL NIGHT LONG: Have you ever wanted to see Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, perform a medley of Lionel Richie songs? Now you can. He’s among the local leaders and celebrities participating in a benefit for My Sister’s House, the Sacramento domestic violence shelter, 7 p.m. at the Crest Theatre on K Street.

ENDLESS LOVE: Voters passed the Proposition 63 millionaire tax, written by then-Assemblyman Darrell Steinberg, more than a decade ago to increase funding for county and statewide mental health programs. Have the resulting efforts been effective? The RAND Corporation hosts a briefing at noon in Room 125 of the Capitol.

SAY YOU, SAY ME: What would a 21st-century university look like? Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a regent at the University of California, and Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow share their visions during a discussion hosted by Zócalo Public Square, 5:30 p.m. at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria on I Street.

HELLO: Joaquin Ross, son of longtime Sacramento lobbyist and political consultant Richie Ross, is leaving his father’s communications shop to join the public affairs division of Mercury.

Alexei Koseff: (916) 321-5236, @akoseff

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