The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 1, 2010
Senate kills state worker pay protection measure

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 100715 Senate Logo.jpgAssembly Bill 1699, which aimed to make state worker payroll a continuous appropriation, failed to get two-thirds of the state Senate vote needed to pass on Tuesday, the last day of the legislative session.

The measure fell four votes shy of the 27 it needed in the 40-member upper house, with 10 senators voting against it and six senators failing to vote. One seat in the Senate is vacant. Click here to see a list of how the lawmakers voted.

Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, authored the bill. State employee unions had rallied behind it since it would have shielded state worker pay from being withheld during a budget impasse. Senate Democrats tried to pry loose Republican opposition by amending the bill to confer continuous appropriation status on payments to businesses that provide goods and services to the state during a budget impasse.

Hernandez put up similar legislation earlier this year, but the Senate blocked it. The state employee unions, particularly the scientists and the engineers groups, have been pushing for years to get the law changed.

We expect the legislation to resurface during the Legislature's next session.

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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 jortiz@sacbee.com.

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