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AM Alert: Bill to abolish daylight saving time gets first hearing

A majestic tower street clock on J Street near 10th Street in downtown Sacramento.
A majestic tower street clock on J Street near 10th Street in downtown Sacramento.

Is California ready to end daylight saving time? In February, the introduction of a bill seeking to abolish our biannual changing of the clocks unleashed a passionate explosion of responses, and both fans and haters of the dubiously beneficial tradition have been on tenterhooks for months over its fate.

The wait is now over. AB 385, by Assemblyman Kansen Chu, D-San Jose, is finally set for its first hearing in the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, which meets today in Room 112 of the Capitol upon the adjournment of the floor session. (The committee will also separately consider a resolution asking the federal government to extend daylight saving time year-round.)

It’s the start of a long road ahead: Committee approval, two-thirds of both houses and the governor’s signature are needed to put the measure on the ballot, where voters would be asked whether they want to reverse the 1949 proposition that established daylight saving time in the first place.

Supporters will have to get through at least one legislative leader to make that happen. But if the overwhelming outcry of Sacramento Bee readers is any indication, they have the public on their side.

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BREAKING THE SILENCE: Her words have already caused an online sensation. Now the impact letter written by the woman who was sexually assaulted by former Stanford University student Brock Turner will enter the legislative record when members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus read portions of it during Senate floor session at noon. (Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, began a similar event in Congress last week, which continues today.) Outrage over Turner’s sentence of six months in county jail fueled an outcry that has reached the Capitol; a dozen lawmakers recently called for the resignation or impeachment of Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who handed down the punishment.

BEGIN AGAIN: While the legislative crush of house-of-origin deadline week is behind us, the process now begins anew – and with a much more compressed timeline. Hundreds of bills that passed the Senate will be moving through policy committees in the Assembly and vice versa as lawmakers attempt to wrap up business before their summer recess at the end of this month. The Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, which meets at 1 p.m. in Room 3191 of the Capitol, will consider mandating certificates of authenticity for all autographed memorabilia sold by dealers in the state. The Assembly Transportation Commitee, meeting at 2:30 p.m. in Room 4202, will hear measures to require additional emergency exits on charter buses and child-safety alarms on school buses.

CONSULTANT CON: Fresh off a primary election that saw Hillary Clinton clinch the Democratic presidential nomination and no Republicans advance to a runoff for California’s open U.S. Senate seat, the American Association of Political Consultants will gather at its two-day Los Angeles regional conference to discuss fundraising in a presidential election year, targeting Latino and Asian voters, and California’s role in the general election. They’ll also hold a legal session titled “How to stay out of jail.” Speakers include Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Dan Schnur, one of the men he beat; California Republican Party Executive Director Cynthia Bryant and vice chairwoman Harmeet Dhillon; and Angie Tate, chief financial officer for the California Democratic Party.

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff