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Calif. Senate adopts new ethics standards, rejects others
Calif. Senate adopts new ethics standards, rejects others

The state Senate took action Monday aimed at restoring public trust after a series of scandals by creating a new position of ethics ombudsman, installing protections for whistle-blowers and banning the raising of campaign funds during August, the last month of the legislative year. State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said the resolutions that change the rules for the Senate operations this year, when combined with other proposed ethics laws, "will lead to, I hope and believe, a positive cultural change and strengthen the integrity of this great institution." However, Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) failed to muster the two-thirds vote needed to put the...

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