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AM Alert: Ivory bill, elections change in hearing

As it returns from the holiday weekend, the Senate Appropriations Committee a long list of legislation to consider.

Among the items on the docket: The final hearing for Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins’ bill on ivory sales, Assembly Bill 96. The bill would ban sales of ivory outright, including sales of old ivory imported before importing elephant parts became illegal. Proponents say allowing those heirloom sales makes it harder to stop the import of new, illegal ivory.

The committee will also hear SB 49, by Sen. Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, which addresses the rising toll special elections are taking on counties by allowing the governor to declare an election over if there’s only one candidate. According to a legislative analysis, since 2009 there have been 39 special elections with an average $1 million price tag for local governments. The state stopped reimbursing counties for elections in 2008.

The hearing begins at 10 a.m. in room 4203.

IMMIGRATION: Supporters of “One California,” a budget campaign to spend more money on legal aid and education for immigrants, will take their victory lap today at a press conference.

Assemblymen Louis Alejo, D-Salinas and David Chiu, D-San Francisco, will be on hand to celebrate the $15 million allocated to help legal permanent residents get citizenship and to give legal aid to others who may be affected by President Obama’s executive orders on immigration.

The press event is at 11 a.m. in Capitol room 126.

ENERGY: SB 350, a major energy policy bill from Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León, is up against its first Assembly test in the Utilities and Commerce Committee.

The bill sets three energy goals for 2030: for buildings in the state to be twice as energy efficient, for 50 percent of the total retail sales of electricity to come from renewables, and a 50 percent reduction in gas used in cars. Various state agencies are charged with meeting the goals, including the California Air Resources Board and the California Public Utilities Commission.

The hearing is at 3 p.m. in room 437.

Andrew Holzman: 916-326-5545, @andrewlholzman

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