AB 790 cleared the Senate Public Employees & Retirement Committee on Monday afternoon, 4 votes to 1. Sen. Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks, was the lone "no" vote.
The measure would make state employee payroll a continuing appropriation. That change would eliminate the possibility that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger or subsequent governors could withhold state workers' wages to the federal minimum in the absence of a budget.
The bill now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee. It's supported by a coalition of state employee unions, led by California Association of Professional Scientists and Professional Engineers in California Government. Click here for earlier posts about AB 790.