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AM Alert: Water tax gets a hearing

Brian Lopes, front, and Derick Caron, installers with Pacific Grass and Turf, roll out sections of artificial grass to be cut and placed, Monday, June 8, 2015, at a client's home in North Natomas.
Brian Lopes, front, and Derick Caron, installers with Pacific Grass and Turf, roll out sections of artificial grass to be cut and placed, Monday, June 8, 2015, at a client's home in North Natomas. lsterling@sacbee.com

Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, is gearing up to push his water tax bill. Wieckowski is proposing to allow local water authorities to charge an excise tax on excessive potable water use – up to three times the price for the water.

Assembly Bill 789 requires revenue from the tax to be shared between the state and local governments for water conservation projects.

He has a press conference at noon today in advance of the bill’s hearing on Wednesday before the Assembly Local Government Committee.

SB 277: Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, along with other vaccine-bill supporters, will lead a press event for supporters of the mandatory vaccination bill at 11 a.m. today. He will urge Gov. Jerry Brown to sign the bill, which the Senate sent to his desk Monday. The event is at William Land Elementary School.

Brown has 12 days to act on SB 277.

MICROBEADS: AB 888, which prohibits plastic microbeads in rinse-off cosmetics, will be heard in the Senate Judiciary committee at 1:30 p.m.

The tiny plastic beads are found in skin cleansers. They’ve sparked a national ban campaign, with environmentalists arguing they wash out into bodies of water and poison fish.

AID-IN-DYING-FORUM: The Sacramento Press Club hosts a lunch panel with medical ethics experts, including Janus Norman, senior vice president and lobbyist for the California Medical Association, along with a University of California at Davis bioethics professor.

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