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Deborah Ziegler holds a photo of her daughter Brittany Maynard with her husband Gary Holmes after the California Senate passed a bill that would allow physicians to assist in the death of terminally ill patients on May 4, 2015.
Deborah Ziegler holds a photo of her daughter Brittany Maynard with her husband Gary Holmes after the California Senate passed a bill that would allow physicians to assist in the death of terminally ill patients on May 4, 2015. hamezcua@sacbee.com

All eyes are on Gov. Jerry Brown and his pen this month.

Unlike with high-profile bills on medical cannabis or climate change where the administration has waded in, we have no idea where Brown stands on allowing dying Californians to end their lives.

Both sides will be pressing him today. Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis will join advocates, who include Brittany Maynard’s widower, on the south steps at 11 a.m. to urge Brown’s signature. Opponents, who include advocates for disabled Californians and former California Department of Rehabilitation head Catherine Campisi, will call for a veto on the north steps at noon.

SEXUAL ASSAULT: Sexual assault on college campuses has become the subject of a national conversation, and California has lent its voice with a raft of proposals intended to strengthen discipline and prevention. University policymakers are still trying to figure out the right balance of protecting victims while offering due process to the accused. Today lawmakers will hear from various state and university officials about how the system works, part of a multi-committee hearing in Carson presided over by Democratic Assemblymembers Mike Gipson, Shirley Weber and Jose Medina. Witnesses expected to testify at the hearing include California State Auditor officials who can provide an update on followup to a past audit of sexual assault practices; representatives of the University of California and California State University who will discuss their current policies; student advocates; and Special Assistant Attorney General Jill Habig.

ACCLIMATED: Brown won’t be there to hear them. His national climate tour continues today. Having already talked clean energy technology with fellow governors and the president of China, the governor is in New York today addressing a United Nations climate change panel. In keeping with his pursuit of climate agreements with subnational governments, Brown will subsequently address a conclave of mayors throwing their weight behind climate change reduction goals.

OPEN WIDE: California’s dental program for low-income residents has faced criticism for not serving enough people. Today the Little Hoover Commission will try to get to the root of the problem, hearing from representatives from the California Dental Association and the California Department of Health, in addition to Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, a pediatrician, and Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg, who knows a thing or two about teeth.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, who turns 64 today.

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

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