Assembly 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.