The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 9, 2009
Court filing argues constitutionals' employees subject to furlough

Attorneys for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and DPA Director Dave Gilb this afternoon filed a response in Sacramento Superior Court to Controller John Chiang's legal argument that constitutional officers don't have to comply with the governor's furlough order.

The governor last month sued Chiang to force him to furlough state workers in his department. The controller refused, as did five other constitutional officers (Republican Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner is staying out of it) and the independent Board of Equalization.

The sides square off in Judge Patrick Marlette's court room on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Read the Schwarzenegger / DPA filing here. Pages 4 through 6 sum up Schwarzenegger's response to Chiang's Mar. 3 brief.

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