Governor Brown has signed a bill passed by the Democrat controlled California Legislature that could help protect one of their own lawmakers facing a recall and preserve their Senate supermajority. Election officials in three counties say they have verified enough signatures for an election on recalling Democratic Senator Josh Newman of Fullerton. Republicans say Newman should be removed from office over his vote for a gas tax increase.Photo by Getty Images
The bill in question, SB-117, allows people to remove their name from a recall petition and requires the state to estimate the costs of holding a special election.
The same changes were passed in June but a court put them on hold.
The bill could delay the recall to coincide with the statewide primary in June.
Brown on Thursday also tweeted his reaction to the California Assembly GOP Caucus voting to and replace him with Brian Dahle from the Northern California town of Bieber. Mayes had been on thin ice with the GOP caucus since supporting Brown's climate change policies last month.
Dahle says that state Republicans have to be more than just an opposition party. He want to focus on housing issues and poverty in the state.