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After rejecting State Bar of California funding, Assembly passes a revised plan

Two days of private negotiations among lawmakers resulted Thursday in brand-new legislation that would change the State Bar of California's governing board and examine the idea of a major overhaul of the quasi-state agency.

On Tuesday, lawmakers rejected an earlier version of a funding plan , criticizing how little reform there was in that bill for an agency that's long been at the center of controversy and conflict .

The vote on AB 2878 was decidedly different, as the negotiations settled on a handful of additional items that backers applauded as reform. They include a new state bar governing board that could not have a majority of its members as attorneys.

The bill would also expand audits of the agency and create a commission to report back on the "de-unification" of the State Bar of California's dual roles as a professional association and a regulator of the legal profession.

Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) called it the "bare minimum to right the wrongs" of the agency.

The bill now heads to the state Senate.

UPDATE June 3, 1:06 p.m. This story was updated to correct the bill number. It is Assembly Bill 2878, not Assembly Bill 1676.


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