The three resolutions next go to the full Senate for approval. They were drafted in response to the suspension of Democratic Sens.
Senate President Pro Tem
Senate Resolution 43 by Steinberg would create an ethics ombudsman "to facilitate the receipt of information about potential ethical violations" and help the Senate protect whistle-blowers from adverse consequences.
Senate Resolution 44 by Sen.
Senate Resolution 45 by Steinberg spells out 12 standards of conduct to be applied to senators. For instance: "Each Senator and each officer or employee of the Senate shall conduct himself or herself in the performance of his or her duties in a manner that does not discredit the Senate."
Steinberg said the new rules “will not fix all of the challenges and problems that have risen to public attention, but will have a demonstrable, positive effect on the culture of the Senate and strengthen the integrity of our institution.” Republican Sen.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated action, the panel also approved a shakeup in committees that could help Sen.