With Democratic senators watering down a key ethics bill, Republican lawmakers on Wednesday proposed their own package of changes in response to criminal charges filed against three California senators.
The Republican measure would double the sentence for criminal bribery by a legislator, bar legislators from using campaign funds to pay family members for work on elections, require contributions to be disclosed within 72 hours and prohibit the use of campaign funds to pay for criminal defense expenses.
That latter provision was stripped by Democratic leaders out of a bill by Sen.
"The travel limit in the bill was an arbitrary amount and not as important as the transparency provision," Hill said. "As to why other provisions were taken out, I don't know."
Senate Republican leader
“These reforms get closer to the heart of the political corruption charges the
It is unlikely all of the proposals will make it through the Democrat-controlled Legislature. When asked if the bill was being introduced to provide Republicans with cover for eventually voting against Democrats' ethics bills, Huff said: "We do nothing for cover, sir. We do things for good policy."