Inspired by a recent string of legislators departing their posts mid-term for lucrative government affairs jobs, Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez wants to revamp the rules governing vacant legislative seats.
Gomez, a Democrat from Echo Park, has introduced a constitutional amendment, ACA 9, that would do away with special elections to fill empty seats. Instead, Gomez proposes allowing the governor to appoint someone to finish the term. The appointee would be chosen from a list of three contenders nominated by party, local and elected officials.
"Californians should not have to pay for costly special elections when precedent allows for gubernatorial appointments to fill other public vacancies," Gomez said in a statement. "That's why I've introduced ACA 9 to create a transparent appointment process to save millions of dollars and allow our state to focus resources on the issues and causes important to our residents."