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New ethics rules proposed for California Senate
New ethics rules proposed for California Senate

Amid concerns that proposed tougher ethics restrictions may not have enough support to become law this year, leaders of the state Senate are proposing that many of them be adopted as house rules in the interim. Proposed state Senate resolutions would appoint a Senate ombudsman to hear and investigate complaints of misconduct and provide whistleblower protections to Senate staffers who report wrongdoing. Another proposed resolution would ban fundraising by senators during the last four weeks of the session from lobbyist employers, lobbyist employees, lobbyist affiliates and political action committees. “The current political climate has opened windows to reflect and drive cultural...

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