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AM Alert: Special session hearings scheduled

Construction work on the W-X freeway causes a huge backup along the eastbound Highway 50 corridor as vehicles head toward the Pioneer Bridge near Jefferson Blvd., right, in April 2014. Gov. Jerry Brown has called a special legislative session to generate more money for transportation projects.
Construction work on the W-X freeway causes a huge backup along the eastbound Highway 50 corridor as vehicles head toward the Pioneer Bridge near Jefferson Blvd., right, in April 2014. Gov. Jerry Brown has called a special legislative session to generate more money for transportation projects. rpench@sacbee.com

The State Senate holds two informational hearings today to help kick off special sessions called by Gov. Jerry Brown on transportation and healthcare. A pair of panels – public health and developmental services, and transportation and infrastructure development – will meet at 10 a.m. or upon adjournment of floor session in rooms 4203 and 112, respectively, for senators to receive overviews of the “funding challenges” facing both areas.

As dictated by the governor’s proclamations, the special session on healthcare seeks to secure more than a billion dollars to help pay for Medi-Cal, the state’s health insurance program for the poor, as well as generate additional money for home-care services and to increase reimbursement rates for developmental disability programs. Besides finding more road repair money, Brown wants the transportation special session to establish “clear performance objectives” for the state’s road network.

LAWN REBATES: The Department of Water Resources wants to replace 50 million square feet of grass and other decorative turf with drought-resistant landscapes. But how to get lawn-loving Californians to participate?

A public hearing on the effort to offer rebates to encourage the replacement of water-hogging vegetation runs from 1-3 p.m. today at the Center for Collaborative Policy, 815 S Street, on the first floor.

The meeting is also available as a webinar here.

PRO TEM TO SPEAK: Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León is the keynote speaker at a naturalization ceremony for children ranging from ages 7 to 17.

The ceremony is at the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum, 1200 Front Street, at 10 a.m.

LONG-WEEKDEND BIRTHDAYS: On Friday, Assemblyman Richard Gordon, D-Menlo Park, turns 67. Former Sen. Rod Wright, D-Inglewood, turns 63.

Andrew Holzman: 916-326-5545, @andrewlholzman

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