SACRAMENTO -- With the state Legislature being rocked by scandal after scandal, the leader of the Senate has assembled a group of lawmakers to come up with recommended changes in state ethics and campaign laws, officials announced Monday.
The Senate Ethics Working Group was formed by Senate President
-- Allegations in a leaked
-- A jury's finding that Sen. Roderick D. Wright (D-Inglewood) is guilty of eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud for lying when he said he lived in his senate district when he ran for office.
-- An administrative law judge's recommendation of $40,000 in fines against Sen.
-- A state Fair Political Practices Commission staff decision to fine lobbyist Kevin Sloat and his firm a record $133,500 for improperly providing campaign contributions to Gov.
The Senate leader's proposal to come up with new restrictions is not a result of any one case, spokesman Rhys Williams said.
"Sen. Steinberg formed a working group to examine legislative and campaign finance rules in California and other states, with a view to formulating a package of reforms this session," Williams said Monday.
The group is being led by Sen.