AM Alert: Kamala Harris pitches anti-truancy bills to educators

akoseff@sacbee.comMay 9, 2014 

California Democrats

California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

JAE C. HONG — The Associated Press

Parents and teachers gathered in Los Angeles this week for the California State PTA's annual convention, where attendees have discussed education policy, advocacy and heard from guests such as state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

As the meeting comes to a close this weekend, California Attorney General Kamala Harris headlines today's events with a keynote address, 11 a.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Harris will discuss the package of anti-truancy legislation she is sponsoring that would use enhanced data collection and reporting to address school attendance issues sooner.

VIDEO: It's a new era of "politics of plenty" for California, Dan Walters says, and with it come new budget battles.

VOTER GUIDE: Don't forget to pick up Sunday's Sacramento Bee for our voter guide to the 2014 primary election. If you just can't wait that long, it's already online with a customizable ballot and options to share your picks.

HEY HEY HEY GOODBYE: President Barack Obama closes out his fundraising tour through California this morning with a visit to the Walmart in Mountain View to discuss energy efficiency. The event has drawn the ire of organized labor and its supporters who oppose the company's labor practices, including Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego.

LAX-MINATION: Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-West Covina, holds an informational hearing on the health and safety conditions of workers employed by airline contractors at LAX, 1:30 p.m. at the Junipero Serra State Building Auditorium in Los Angeles.

BENEFITS FAIR: A two-day CalPERS benefits education fair to inform members about the programs and services available to them begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, who turns 48 today.

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