The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 9, 2010
Bill would end unemployment benefits for elected officials

Lose an election, collect unemployment.

Apparently, the law allows it. But not if Sen. Gloria Romero, D - Los Angeles, and Sen. Bob Dutton, R- Rancho Cucamonga, get their way.

The two lawmakers are backing a bill, SB 1211, that would keep elected officials from collecting unemployment benefits.

According to a press release, the measure was prompted by, "... a former Rosemead City Councilman who lost for re-election in March (then) filed for and received unemployment payments from the state of California, despite objections from Rosemead city officials. The city was billed $11,250 through September 2009."

Read the measure by clicking here. Click this link to read the press advisory issued on Monday.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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