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AM Alert: First vote looming on MCO tax overhaul

Gov. Jerry Brown arrives for the State of the State in the Assembly Chamber at the State Capitol on Jan. 21.
Gov. Jerry Brown arrives for the State of the State in the Assembly Chamber at the State Capitol on Jan. 21. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Roughly eight months after Gov. Jerry Brown called a special session focused on replacing an expiring tax that helps pay for Medi-Cal, recently crafted bills to do just that could see some action today.

Health special session committees in both houses are scheduled to meet and possibly consider legislation that reflects an agreement between the Brown administration and health plans. The panels will meet upon calls of the chairmen – state Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Asuza, in the Senate and Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, in the Assembly.

The measure needs a majority vote to pass committee but must meet a two-thirds threshold on the floors. Republicans have yet to sign on to the proposal.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Gavin Newsom talks with the The Sacramento Bee editorial board about extending a temporary tax increase.

DEADLINES: It’s shaping up to be a rough week for legislative staff, with time running out to introduce bills for 2016. The deadline expires Friday, so expect a flurry of proposals to land this week.

HIGH-SPEED TRAIN: Money funneling into the state's high-speed rail project will come under scrutiny again today. The California High-Speed Rail Authority will hear a report from its Finance and Audit Committee detailing the $2.5 billion spent on the project since 2006. The meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. in hearing room 1 at 700 H Street.

Taryn Luna: 916-326-5545, @TarynLuna

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