A group of activists pressing for tougher campaign finance rules has stirred things up at the Capitol, resulting in more than 40 arrests of its members and sparking debate about democracy and government.
"We're doing this to get big money out of politics," Ries said. "We don't live in a true democracy anymore."
The group was demanding approval of pending legislation including a bill, expected to get a final vote Thursday, that would call on
On Wednesday, state Senate President Pro Tem
Later, Steinberg convened a meeting of the Senate Rules Committee to hear concerns from Republican lawmakers that a film crew documenting 99Rise's efforts has been allowed on the Senate floor.
Senate Republican leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar objected to providing a senate floor pass to a film crew documenting the protest group.
"We're just going to give them the keys to the kingdom for the day and not worry about security?" Huff said. "It seems like Senator Steinberg is making up rules on the fly here in his last month as pro tem." No one given a pass or who is a member of a film crew has been arrested.