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Darrell Steinberg

Let the governor fill vacant legislative seats instead of costly special elections

Let the governor fill vacant legislative seats instead of costly special elections

The legislative year begins with a conspicuous vacancy. Not because a lawmaker got convicted or died, but because he leaped the fence for greener pastures. Meaning money.

While lush green in financial feed, his new field is on the dark side: the realm of special interest lobbying.

But this is America. No one is forced to stay in any job.

The really stinky part of a legislator dumping his constituents in midterm and turning lobbyist, however, is that local taxpayers must shell out for a special election to replace him.

We're talking about an unexpected expense of $100,000 to $1 million or more. And it's a burden frequently heaped on citizens all over...

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