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AM Alert: How to ensure women get equal pay?

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, introduced Senate Bill 358, to strengthen equal pay laws last year.
Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, introduced Senate Bill 358, to strengthen equal pay laws last year.

The California Fair Pay Act, hailed by proponents as the strongest equal pay law in the nation, took effect in January. But the state is still figuring out the best way to implement it.

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls holds the second meeting of the California Pay Equity Task Force today. The 19-member task force convened for the first time in July to determine the most effective way to apply the California Fair Pay Act, also known as Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson’s Senate Bill 358.

The law strengthens existing regulations about equal pay for women and men doing similar work and creates new protections for employees who compare wages. Among the task force’s stated purposes is to foster dialogue about pay equity between a diverse set of stakeholders, from labor experts to workers and the large corporations that sign their checks.

The all-day meeting will focus on definitions established by the law and begins at 10 a.m. at the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building on Capitol Mall.

HAPPY FRIDAY: TGIF, unless you’re in the California Legislature. It’s rare for either house to convene on Friday, but today the Senate and Assembly are both meeting to move through a bevy of bills with the end of session on the horizon. The Senate still has about 300 Assembly Bills to ponder before the Aug. 31 deadline, while the Assembly counts less than 200 Senate bills left to go before they can call it quits for the year. Expect lawmakers to move through the day’s items quickly to give themselves a head start on the weekend.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Assembly Speaker “not sure” whether Roger Hernandez will return before the session ends.

FUNDRAISER: Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine is visiting the Bay Area this weekend for a series of fundraisers. The Virginia senator begins his tour at the home of Silicon Valley businessman Doug Hickey and his wife Dawn at noon. Tickets range from $1,000 to $27,000. Other fundraisers are scheduled for later in the day.

WORTH REPEATING: “There is no way, in God’s green earth, that Bera didn’t know what his dad was doing.” - Former Congressman Doug Ose, who lost to Ami Bera in the 2014 race for the 7th Congressional District seat, outside the courtroom after Bera’s father was sentenced to one year in prison for illegal campaign contributions.

CELEBRATE: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, who turns 48 Sunday.