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AM Alert: Anti-vaccine group will gather in Berkeley

Protestors opposed to the mandatory vaccination bill SB277 rally outside of the Capitol before a Senate hearing on the bill on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in Sacramento.
Protestors opposed to the mandatory vaccination bill SB277 rally outside of the Capitol before a Senate hearing on the bill on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in Sacramento. AP

The anti-mandatory-vaccination crew will be out in Berkeley today. They are not happy that the city passed a resolution in support of Senate Bill 277, which would scrap religious and conscience exemptions for school children. They say it’s a constitutional issue, and want their legislators to take a stand against the bill.

They say a “grassroots group of citizens” will be at the historic town hall from 11-12. Recently in the Bee: a look at whether or not drug companies are involved in the vaccine fight.

REAGA-PALOOZA: The Ronald Reagan Centennial Capitol Foundation, which celebrates 100 years since the birth of the former president and California governor, unveils its statue of him in the lower rotunda of the Capitol at 11 am. Present will be former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz as well as other former Reagan administration officials.

For your next Capitol trivia quiz: the “lower rotunda” is the space formerly known as the “basement.” The foundation’s chair says the name was changed because he felt it would make a more fitting spot for the statue.

PRIDE: It’s Pride month around the country. The LGBT Caucus will be on the floor during the noon Assembly session giving awards to individuals and institutions that have worked on the “cause of equality,” with an event afterward. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins will be there to present.

Today is also one of the dates court-watchers have speculated the Supreme Court may release a ruling on same-sex marriage – the Sacramento LGBT Community Center has the West side of the Capitol booked all day for a rally, just in case.

CELEBRATIONS: Dianne Feinstein is 82. In the Assembly, Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica turns 62, and Susan Bonilla D-Concord turns 55. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, also turns 55.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this alert said the Senate’s self-imposed fund-raising blackout ends today. Under the rules interpretation by the Senate, the ban will not be lifted until the governor signs a budget.

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