California Legislature must explain itself on key bills — not kill without explanation


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Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, finally won passage this month of a bill offering whistle-blower protection to state legislative staffers who report sexual and ethical misconduct — after the measure was shelved in the Senate Appropriations Committee for four years in a row without explanation. Even after her triumph, Melendez is right to worry whether legislative leaders will continue to quietly kill good-government bills. That’s why last week she proposed a state constitutional amendment that would require a vote on every bill referred to a legislative committee. Read more



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