The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 28, 2010
State worker pay bill moving to Assembly floor vote

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ASSEMBLY_SEAL.jpgAssembly Bill 1699, which would make state employee pay a continuous appropriation, passed off of the Assembly Appropriations suspense file today with all committe Democrats supporting and all committee Republicans opposing.

If the Assembly passes the bill by Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, it would still need Senate approval before going on to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Assembly has a June 4 deadline to vote on the measure.

AB 1699 has the backing of all the state labor unions because it would prevent employee pay from being withheld to the minimum allowed by federal law when there's no money appropriated for payroll. Click here for an explanation of the issue and why this year the matter is more urgent than ever for state workers.

Hernandez sponsored a similar bill earlier this year, AB 790. which cleared the Assembly but fell short in the Senate.


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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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