FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 14, 2014
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Bipartisan Anti-Corruption Measure Killed By Senate Appropriations Committee
Assembly Bill 2065 sought to protect legislative employees who report unethical behavior
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, announced today her bill, Assembly Bill 2065, jointly authored with Assemblymembers Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, and Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, died in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
“In light of recent scandals that have resulted in the suspension of three Senators in this year alone, I am truly disappointed and frankly quite shocked that my Senate colleagues chose to deny a measure to improve the integrity of this body.” said Melendez. “The Legislature has a responsibility to uphold the public’s trust by creating an atmosphere of transparency. There is no question that the status quo of self-policing has failed to stop corruption.”
AB 2065 would have established the Legislative Employee Whistleblower Protection Act to protect legislative staff who report illegal or unethical behavior in the Legislature and spells out a clear process for bringing these allegations forward.
Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez represents the 67th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar and a portion of Hemet. It also includes the Riverside County unincorporated areas of Lake Mathews, Good Hope, Nuevo, and Winchester.