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Measure to Stop Suspended Lawmakers' Pay Moves Forward

 
Measure to Stop Suspended Lawmakers' Pay Moves Forward
Posted Thursday, August 21st 2014 @ 7am  by KFBK News - James Rojas

In light of criminal allegations against Democratic Senators Leland Yee, Ron Calderon and Roderick Wright, state lawmakers are trying to change the law so legislators who are suspended don't get paid. 

All three senators are still receiving paychecks, even though they're currently suspended because of criminal allegations.

The state Assembly approved a constitutional amendment, in a 64-to-1 vote, allowing pay and benefits to be withheld from lawmakers who are suspended from their legislative duties. 

Currently in the state's constitution, salary cannot be withheld unless the legislator is expelled from office.  

The measure would place the suspension process in the constitution, allowing the Assembly or Senate with a two-thirds vote to suspend a member without pay. 

The measure will go before voters but not on the 2014 ballot because it failed to meet the deadline. 

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