Lawmakers had their chance to at least attempt to change that perception, including getting a ballot initiative in front of voters that would suspend the pay and benefits for any legislator that gets in trouble with the law and is suspended.
Sentencing has been delayed a second time for a state lawmaker who was suspended after his conviction for perjury and voter fraud.
SCA17 was crafted in response to the recent legal troubles of three California state senators, and the inability of the state legislature to suspend their salaries. The three suspended senators have cast a pall on the crumbling Democratic supermajority in the state Senate.
The California Citizens Compensation Commission met on Friday and approved a 2 percent raise for California lawmakers and state officials, including embattled state Sens. Ron Calderon, Leland Yee and Roderick Wright.
State Sens. Leland Yee, Ron Calderon or Roderick Wright are not allowed back in Senate chambers, or their Capitol and district offices.
The Legislative Counsel Bureau pointed toward a 2011 legal decision in New Jersey where an assemblyman’s pay was stripped following a flurry of indictments.
Here is a history of the legal troubles of Sens. Ron Calderon, Roderick Wright and Leland Yee that have cast a pall on the crumbling Democratic supermajority in the state Senate.
Democratic Sen. Rod Wright took a voluntary leave of absence last month after his conviction for lying about his legal residence in Los Angeles County.
Their legislative package would prohibit legislators and their employees from accepting most entertainment-related gifts, such as tickets to sporting events and concerts.
Sen. Rod Wright took a leave of absence last week after his conviction for lying about his Los Angeles County legal residence.
State Sens. Ron Calderon and Roderick Wright have both been sent home and are no longer officially in office, yet both Democrats continue to be paid their full salaries.
A state senator convicted of perjury and voter fraud is taking an indefinite leave of absence as he awaits sentencing this spring.