When the state Senate took the unprecedented step of suspending three members back in March, one major criticism of the move was that the senators would continue to be paid.
Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, cast the lone vote against the suspensions, calling them "paid holidays for bad behavior."
To address that concern, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has introduced a bill that would allow legislators to revoke pay and benefits upon suspending a member from the Legislature.
As a constitutional amendment, it will require a two-thirds vote in both houses and approval by voters. It has its first hearing today in the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee, 1:30 p.m. in Room 3191 of the Capitol.
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SAVING HOLLYWOOD: As film and television jobs head for other states, Los Angeles-area lawmakers have pushed to expand California's tax credit program. (One such effort got Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, into trouble.) On the tail of a new report that discounted the program's benefits, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, will discuss his latest proposal with the California Film Commission, 11 a.m. in Room 2040 of the Capitol.
IN MEMORIAM: Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris will attend a memorial ceremony for California Highway Patrol officers who have been killed in the line duty, 9:30 a.m. at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento.
PPAC ON PARADE: Members and supporters of the Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California march from their "day of action" at the Sacramento Convention Center to the west steps of the Capitol at 12:40 p.m. in support of reproductive health care, health care for undocumented immigrants and restoration of Medi-Cal cuts. State Sens. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, and Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, will speak at the Capitol rally at 1:30 p.m.
BONE MAY-RROW: Citing a "critical need" for more bone marrow donors, especially in minority communities, Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Roseville, commemorates May as Bone Marrow Donation Awareness Month, 10:30 a.m. at the Capitol Mall traffic circle. A bone marrow donor drive will follow in the Capitol basement from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
HEAR YE, HEAR YE: The Assembly Health Committee holds an informational hearing on results from the first year of open enrollment for Covered California, 1:30 p.m. in Room 4202 of the Capitol. The Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee discusses aging in the Asian-Pacific Islander community, 2 p.m. in Room 127. The Assembly Select Committee on Foster Care examines recent trends in the foster care system, including human trafficking among foster children, 1:30 p.m. in Room 126.
STAYCATION: As part of its advocacy day, the California State Parks Foundation will hold an expo on the north steps of the Capitol from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Celebrating 150 years of California state parks, the event will have butter-churning, musical performances, food samples and kayaking demonstrations, among other activities.
NAF-TALK: The California Chamber of Commerce hosts a panel discussion on the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement, 12:45 p.m. at the CalChamber building on K Street.
DIVIDE AND CONQUER: While most political observers have dismissed the prospects of the Six Californias initiative, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper is carrying on his campaign to get the measure on the November ballot. He address the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco at 6 p.m.
PHOTO: Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg introduces a resolution to suspend Sens. Leland Yee, Ron Calderon and Rod Wright on March 28, 2014. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua