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AM Alert: Suspense bills face the chopping block in appropriations committees

Rain clouds surround the Capitol on June 1, 2011.
Rain clouds surround the Capitol on June 1, 2011. The Sacramento Bee file

Hundreds enter, but not all can survive...

Facing a deadline this week for bills to advance to the floor in their house of origin, the Senate and Assembly appropriations committees will be running through their suspense files today. These lengthy lists – 283 bills in the Senate and 387 in the Assembly – are comprised of legislation with a significant cost that the committees have delayed voting on until a clearer picture of available revenue emerged.

The Senate Appropriations Committee, which meets in Room 4203 upon the adjournment of morning floor session, will consider bills that would expand health coverage to undocumented immigrants, legalize assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, raise the minimum smoking age to 21 and place new restrictions on e-cigarettes, increase the minimum wage, and expand the use of ignition interlocks for drunk drivers.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee, which meets in Room 4202 upon the adjournment of morning floor session, will hear bills that would require two weeks’ notice for workers’ schedules, implement drug tests for Uber and Lyft drivers, mandate double pay for Thanksgiving and Christmas shifts, regulate medical marijuana, and allow parents to destroy DNA samples collected from their newborn babies.

GOOD MORNING: Gov. Jerry Brown headlines the California Chamber of Commerce’s 90th annual Sacramento Host Breakfast, which brings together more than 1,200 business leaders and government officials from across the state to network, 7:30 a.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center. CalChamber Chair Joseph Otting and Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé will also speak.

TRACK THE LEGISLATURE: What's influencing lawmakers' actions? A new data feature in our legislative directory at sacbee.com lets you explore which interests are the biggest givers to each member. You'll also find key political and census information about every district, including unemployment and poverty rates.

IN DA CLUB: After a decisive victory last week in the 7th Senate District special election, Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, will be sworn in this morning during floor session at 9 a.m. His nasty battle with fellow Democrat Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla drew unprecedented levels of outside spending, and special interests will be watching closely to see whether his presence shakes up the dynamics of the upper house, particularly on issues such as new taxes and teacher tenure.

AWAY FROM HERE: The California Department of Pesticide Regulation is hosting the first in a series of public workshops to discuss possible new restrictions for the use of agricultural pesticides near schools, 5:30 p.m. at the Cal/EPA Headquarters on I Street. Many California schools operate within a quarter mile of where pesticides are applied, including 48 in Sacramento and Yolo counties.

MIND THE GAP: As the state seeks to boost college completion, to address an expected shortage of 1 million college-educated workers over the next decade, a new report from the Campaign for College Opportunity finds that degree attainment among black Californians is only 23 percent, about half that of their white counterparts.

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

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