*ADVISORY* Senate Oversight and Informational Hearings

SACRAMENTO – All Senate hearings are open for the public to attend, and every Capitol hearing is viewable via livestream on the Senate homepage http://senate.ca.gov. A video archive of hearings going back to 2005 is available via http://senate.ca.gov/medi

Monday, May 09, 2016

Oversight Hearing: Aliso Canyon and Southern California Energy Reliability

Energy, Utilities And Communications (Hueso)

Tuesday, May 10 at 9:30 a.m. in State Capitol Room 2040

On Tuesday, May 10, the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications will hold a hearing on Aliso Canyon and energy reliability for the Southern California region.  The hearing will provide committee members the opportunity to better understand the recently released Aliso Canyon Action Plan to Preserve Gas and Electric Reliability for the Los Angeles Basin, prepared by the California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, the California Independent System Operator, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, as well as the associated technical report, the assumptions behind the plan and report, and their implications.  The committee will also hear from the entities that will provide electricity and natural gas service in Southern California this summer under constrained conditions—The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas, Southern California Public Power Authority, and San Diego Gas and Electric.



Informational Hearing: State Prescription Drug Purchases. Pricing Standards. Initiative Statute.

Joint Hearing Senate Health (Hernandez) & Assembly Health (Wood)

Tuesday, May 10 at 1:30 p.m. in State Capitol Room 4202

This joint hearing will review the proposed statewide initiative measure entitled "The California Drug Price Relief Act" that is planned for the November 2016 ballot.  The Committees will hear from academics on health care costs and how drug costs fit in to the over system, the Legislative Analyst’s Office will present their analysis of the proposed initiative, and proponents and opponents of the measure will share their points of view.   


Oversight Hearing: State Assessment and Support of Incarcerated Veterans

Veterans Affairs (Nielsen)

Tuesday, May 10 at 1:30 p.m. in State Capitol Room 4203

The purpose of this oversight hearing is to review how the State helps incarcerated individuals, who previously served in the U.S. military, reclaim and employ their veteran status to facilitate their rehabilitation or release. The Committee will hear how the Departments of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and Veterans Affairs (CalVet) collaborate with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), county veterans service officers, and nonprofit organizations to help veterans establish more stable lifestyles during their incarceration and to assist released individuals in reintegrating with society. CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan and CalVet Secretary Vito Imbasciani will provide testimony.



Informational Hearing: Annual update and report on quantitative data regarding state’s creative economy sectors.

Joint Committee On Arts (Allen)

Wednesday, May 11 at 1:30 p.m. in State Capitol Room 3191

The hearing coincides with the release of this year’s Otis Report on California’s Creative Economy which deep dives into geographic regions around the state. In addition to the report’s economist, presentations will be made by a diverse group of creative economy leaders.