Democratic Assemblymember Henry T. Perea says last year, at least 125,000 people were improperly denied unemployment insurance payments.
"There are a whole host of issues that affect people in their day-to-day lives all because of a process that's set up that doesn't allow them to receive their benefits early on."
Perea says a person has to wait six months while appealing a denial before the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.
The legislative committee made the audit a priority. It likely will be one of the first audits undertaken this year.
EDD released a statement saying it "understands the reason for this audit, and is supportive of finding ways to avoid any unnecessary appeals."
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.
The state senator from San Diego who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Friday has released a statement regarding the incident.
Measures that would create tougher campaign finance disclosure laws are heading to the governor's desk.
Health care advocates are concerned about a California law that allows the state to claim assets of deceased people who received health care through Medi-Cal.