Published: Monday, Feb. 1, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

TUESDAY: Both the Assembly and the Senate hold floor sessions today, but committee hearings don’t crank up until Tuesday, when the Senate Budget Committee discusses Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget proposals for human services. Look for that meeting from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Capitol’s Room 4203. The committee will consider other Schwarzenegger proposals on Wednesday and Thursday.

TUESDAY: The joint legislative committee reviewing the state’s master plan for higher education looks at access to colleges and universities at a public hearing Tuesday, starting at 9 a.m. in Room 112. Expect to hear more on the subject in coming months, with four more hearings planned before the end of April on affordability, eligibility and other issues.

WEDNESDAY: Yea or nay? The Senate Rules Committee takes up a controversial Schwarzenegger appointment, namely Sen. Abel Maldonado for lieutenant governor. The Santa Maria Republican got the nod after Democrat John Garamendi won a seat in Congress last fall. Alert readers will recall that Maldonado sided with Schwarzenegger last year on temporary tax increases against GOP opposition. The confirmation hearing starts at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 113.

WEDNESDAY: The Senate Banking Committee examines the evolving practice of person-to-person lending, also called P2P lending. The committee’s chairman, Democratic Sen. Ron Calderon of Montebello, is touting this new lending market for borrowers caught between the drop in home equity and the rise in credit card rates. The hearing runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in Room 112.