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AM Alert: It’s decision time on gun control in California

Gun control regularly features as a topic in this space, whether it’s sweeping packages pushed by the Legislature, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ballot initiative or the interplay between the two.

Those are the ingredients for a legislative stew that will reach a boiling point this week. Several of the gun control bills could get final votes and head to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. The deadline to pull measures from the fall ballot looms on Thursday, though Newsom’s camp has consistently called his measure more comprehensive than similar bills and rejected the notion of nixing it. Meanwhile, the ammo-regulating bill by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, has been amended so it would alter Newsom’s initiative should both pass.

Bills tightening gun rules rarely have trouble getting out of the Democrat-controlled Legislature, and the impetus of the horrific shooting in Orlando likely won’t hurt their chances. So much of the attention will once again be on Brown, who per usual declined to weigh in on his plans, and on Newsom’s next move in his chess match with the Senate. Stay tuned!

CLEARING THE AIR: Things went poorly for Senate Bill 32’s supporters last time we saw the bill. The climate measure went down in flames after being abruptly brought up on the Assembly floor by Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles, and falling far short, a move that continues to perplex some political observers months later. The bill has since been amended to focus narrowly on getting a new emissions reduction target (40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030) into law, codifying in statute something that currently exists via an executive order issued by the Brown. It will get its first vote since stalling last year in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee today. The hearing starts at 2:30 p.m. in room 447.

JUST KEEP SWIMMING: For the first time since lawmakers embraced the visiting Stanley Cup a few years ago, they’ll have occasion to mark another hockey powerhouse in Sacramento. Legislators will be honoring the Western Conference winning San Jose Sharks on the floors of their respective houses today, with the Western Conference trophy and Sharks employees and mascot (no players are expected) stopping by. No word on a potential visit from another California team that recently lost in the finals.

PUC-YA? Assembly members from both parties enthusiastically embraced the notion of dissolving the troubled Public Utilities Commission, advancing a constitutional amendment to do so. How does the Senate feel about the idea? We should get our first hint today when Assembly Constitutional Amendment 11 goes before the Senate Energy, Utilities and Commerce Committee during a post-session hearing in room 112.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Matthew Harper, R-Huntington Beach, who turns 42 today, and to Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, who celebrates his 75th.

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