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AM Alert: California Democrats revive work-scheduling notice bill

The scheduling bill is aimed at fast food restaurants like Burger King and other service industries.
The scheduling bill is aimed at fast food restaurants like Burger King and other service industries. The Associated Press

Organized labor’s biggest legislative priority last year was a bill requiring that fast food workers and others in the service industry receive their schedules at least two weeks ahead of time, but in the face of major business opposition, it stalled in the Assembly without a floor vote.

The concept has been revived this year by state Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, whose version mandates one week’s notice for a 21-day schedule. Once again backed by the California Labor Federation, of which Leyva is the former president, and a top target on the California Chamber of Commercejob killers” list, it currently awaits its fate in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Leyva will join with original author Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and others to highlight the bill, 11 a.m. in Room 4061 of the Capitol, ahead of the appropriations deadline next week.

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THE BREAKFAST CLUB: When you’re the most powerful politician in California, whose ring must you kiss? The business community is definitely on the list. Governors have been attending the Sacramento Host Breakfast, sponsored by local business and civic leaders and the California Chamber of Commerce, since the 1930s. Gov. Jerry Brown – the only man to ever miss the meal, once in 1975 – continues the tradition, delivering remarks at 7:50 a.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center.

THE BERN ULTIMATUM: Though it’s nearly impossible now for him to win the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders is all in for California, the biggest prize on the primary calendar and a necessity for a losing candidate bringing his case to the national convention. After big rallies last week in Sacramento and Stockton, Sanders is back in the Golden State for his first major stops in the Bay Area, 1 p.m. at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose and 7:30 p.m. at the Vallejo Waterfront Park.

GUN SHY: With a potential ballot initiative this November that some legislative leaders worry would boost conservative turnout in swing districts, Democrats are trying to get ahead of the gun safety push by promoting a broad package of measures that would expand the state’s assault weapons ban and its firearm restraining order, among other changes. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon will join with the authors of a half-dozen of those bills to discuss their efforts and recognize National Gun Violence Awareness Day, 9:30 a.m. in Room 317 of the Capitol.

ANIMAL HOUSE: Do you like your fauna large or small? Scaly or feathered? Because you have options today. SeaWorld, fresh off the announcement that it would end its embattled orca-breeding program, is in town for its annual visit. The theme park will bring penguins, baby alligators, a lemur and an owl to the north steps of the Capitol at 10 a.m., before the animals meet lawmakers and their staff in Room 125 at 2 p.m. and the governor’s office at 3:30 p.m. (Kangaroos were a big hit last year.) Over on the east lawn at 11:30 a.m., Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, once again hosts the Capitol frog jump, now in its 42nd year. Can a legislator reclaim the crown for longest jump? Staffer Doria Wallentine was triumphant in 2015, jockeying “R2Green2” to a distance of more than 10 feet.

BOND, SCHOOL BOND: In November, voters will weigh in on the state’s first school facilities bond proposal in a decade, authorizing $9 billion for construction. After qualifying for the ballot last year, it will get an informational hearing before the Senate education and Assembly education and higher education committees, 1:30 p.m. in Room 4204 of the Capitol. The Senate and Assembly committees on public employment are also set to review a recent report that found the widespread usage of “mandatory overtime” in state health facilities costs taxpayers nearly $180 million last year, 10 a.m. in Room 444.

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

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