Capitol Watchdog: Meetings to Watch

The push for climate change reform is not only happening in Paris. The nurses union is planning a major rally in Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday to call for a global solution to the crisis. Next week, both the Department of Managed Healthcare be holding a public meeting on the proposed merger between health insurers Centene and Health Net. 

Thursday

National Nurses United rally, calling for global agreement to address climate crisis at United Nations Climate Sumit in Paris. Thousands of nurses and environmental activists will demand a global agreement that reduces greenhouse gas pollution and supports a sustainable energy future at the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit, COP21, to be held in Paris next month.
 
Climate Action Convergence, Rally and March
Thursday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Pershing Square, 532 Olive Street, Los Angeles

The Fair Political Practices Commission will be discussing requiring groups to disclose how they spend millions of dollars on ad campaigns and other efforts to influence state policy. The rule would have lobbyist employers break down expenditures that exceed $2,500 into categories that include paying employees other than lobbyists, advertising and public affairs work. They also would have to disclose the recipients of the payments.

Fair Political Practices Commission
Interested Persons Meeting
Proposal to Amend Regulation 18616
December 3, 2015, 10 a.m.
428 J Street, 8th Floor Hearing Room
Sacramento, CA 95814
 
JOINT HEARING SENATE AGRICULTURE AND ASSEMBLY AGRICULTURE  will be discussing the impacts of the drought on agriculture. 
SENATOR GALGIANI AND ASSEMBLY MEMBER PEREA, Chairs
 
10 a.m. Room 3191
Sacramento
 
JOINT COMMITTEE ON FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURET will be discussing the California Dungeness and Rock Crab Fishery. 
 Health, Ocean Conditions and Maintaining a Strong Coastal 
SENATOR McGUIRE, Chair
 
3 p.m. - Steele Lane Community Center
415 Steele Lane
Santa Rosa

Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

The Department of Managed Health Care has a public meeting on the acquisition of Health Net of California by Centene. Representatives from both plans will be present. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss DMHC’s jurisdiction and authority to oversee the transaction and to solicit public comment for DMHC’s consideration as it reviews the transaction.  Public comment will be limited to 3 minutes. Comments may also be submitted to [email protected] until 5:00 p.m. on December 12, 2015.

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources Building
1416 9th Street, Sacramento

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 

Select Committee On Civic Engagement will be discussing the importance of, the barriers to, and the various ways to increase civic engagement.
EGGMAN, Chair
 
9:30 a.m. to 12 noon - State Capitol, Room 126
 
Department of Toxic Substances Control Meeting Independent Review Panel will be reviewing a presentation about the DTSC. The panel was established pursuant to legislation, and is mandated to make recommendations on DTSC's programs. (Additional meeting on Thursday for environmental groups.)  
 
Open Session: 9:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Return from Closed Session: 4:45 p.m.
Byron Sher Auditorium,
CalEPA Building, 1001 I Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814
 
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
 
Department of Toxic Substances Control Meeting Independent Review Panel. The California Environmental Justice Coalition and People's Senate have been given a two hour slot on agenda for a joint presentation on how to improve and reform DTSC. The panel was established pursuant to legislation, and is mandated to make recommendations on DTSC's programs. 
 
Open Session: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Coastal Hearing Room
CalEPA Building, 1001 I Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814
 
GOVERNANCE AND FINANCE will be discussing California's Tax Check-Off Program: Room for Improvement?
HERTZBERG, Chair
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - The California Endowment
1000 N. Alameda Street, Tahoe Room
Los Angeles
 
Rules
GORDON, Chair
10 a.m. - State Capitol, Room 316. 
 
Friday, Dec. 11, 2015
 
ELECTIONS AND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS will be discussing Campaign Finance Regulation and Disclosure
 
ALLEN, Chair
10 a.m. - Ronald Reagan State Building, Auditorium
300 South Spring Street
Los Angeles
 
Select Committee On Water Consumption And Alternative Sources will be discussing possibilities and pitfalls for ocean desalination in California
GORDON, Chair
 
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Metropolitan Water District Board Room
700 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles
 
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
 
The Petroleum Market Advisory Committee, initiated by the California Energy Commission to watch the state's 2015 gas price crisis, will be continuing their investigation into the refining industry. While the committee failed to make substantial progress for most of 2015, at the last meeting in October, members began to take a turn against the oil industry, acknowledging the possibility that manipulation may be the cause of California's gas price woes. Consumer Watchdog, along with other parties will present information about the gasoline market and price manipulation by the state's largest oil refiners.
 
Dec. 17, 2015
 
The Air Resources Board, one of the strongest environmental regulatory bodies in the nation, will meet for their last time in 2015. The meeting will continue the ongoing discussions throughout the year of implementing Jerry Brown’s ambitious climate change goals. The meeting will take place as Paris talks on the issue wrap up, where they may agree to an international agreement to reduce greenhouse emissions. If an agreement is made, many will look to CARB for guidance, as one of the few effective organizations regulating powerful, dirty industries.

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