Senators Rod Wright and Ron Calderon have both requested indefinite leaves of absence from the Senate to deal with legal problems. Wright is appealing his conviction on voter-fraud and perjury. Calderon faces federal public corruption charges.
The loss of Calderon and Wright means the party is now one vote shy of the supermajority. But Democratic consultant Robin Swanson points out the supermajority means less now that the state budget can be passed with a simple majority vote.
“Because we have a majority budget passing, I don’t think that you’re going to see the sort of fights that we’ve had over the years when it required a two-thirds majority to pass a budget in California,” Swanson said.
The Senate President has said maintaining a supermajority is important, but maintaining the integrity of the Senate matters more.
Republicans today Monday held off on calling for either Wright or Calderon to be removed from the Senate. Calderon will be termed out at the end of this year. Wright’s term is scheduled to end 2016.
The California Legislature is expected to adjourn its two-year session just past midnight Friday. It's an early end to what has so far been a surprisingly calm final week.
California's Senate passed a bill that would require public institutions of higher education to adopt procedures to prevent campus sexual assault and domestic violence, and to assist victims.
A bill that would require toy guns to be painted with markings to show they are fake has passed the state legislature.
The California Legislature’s “gut-and-amend” process is highly criticized, but lawmakers defend it as necessary.
Sources tell Capital Public Radio that a deal has been reached for legislation that would tighten regulations for ride-sharing companies.