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AM Alert: Dolores Huerta, advocates push for child care

pkitagaki@sacbee.com

But what about the children?

As we reported over the weekend, securing more funding for child care and allowing caregivers to organize have emerged as a top priority for Democrats. The California Legislative Women's Caucus has pushed the policies as a way to alleviate poverty, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles has a bill, and the Assembly has gotten behind the ideas as budget talks intensify.

As lawmakers push in the building, advocates will be campaigning outside, with labor icon Dolores Huerta joining Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, on the north steps for a rally sponsored by a coalition that include a range of unions and community groups. Senate Bill 548 is likely to be taken up on Thursday as of this writing.

ANTIBIOTALK: Widespread use of antibiotics on livestock has caught the attention of elected officials, who have sought to limit the practice in an effort to limit drug-resistant bacteria. Last year’s bills failed but there’s a new attempt this year and advocates are heartened by Foster Farms announcing plans to produce antibiotic-free chicken. Today California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross will be joining a Foster Farms official and the president of the California Poultry Association to discuss antibiotics, including a White House summit on the topic.

MARINEWSOM: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s cannabis listening tour continues today, with the future gubernatorial candidate – and therefore potentially future governor of a state where recreational pot has been legalized – in Fresno today, where the weed landscape is very different from his previous stop in Humboldt County.

Jeremy B. White: (916) 326-5543, @CapitolAlert

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