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Legislative Employee Whistleblower Act sent to Governor, co-authored by Sen. Mike Morrell
AB 403, the Legislative Employee Whistleblower Act, was recently sent to California Governor Jerry Brown for his consideration. The bill, authored by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-67th District-Lake Elsinore) and co-authored by Senator Mike Morrell (R-23rd District-Rancho Cucamonga), seeks to extend state worker whistleblower protections to legislative employees.
AB 403 would provide legislative employees with the same protections other state workers already receive under the California Whistleblower Protection Act. The bill would prohibit any legislator or legislative employee from intimidating a person into not reporting sexual harassment, sexual assault or other illegal, unethical, immoral or inappropriate behavior. The Legislative Employee Whistleblower Act prohibits retaliation against legislative employees who report misconduct.
In past years the attempt to pass this legislation has been killed in the Senate Appropriations Committee by Democratic leadership without a vote, despite bipartisan support in the Assembly and other Senate committees. This most recent effort by Assemblywoman Melendez to have this legislation passed is the fourth such attempt.
“I appreciate Assemblywoman Melendez for her persistence in pushing this bill through,” said Sen. Morrell. “For four years, we have watched Democrat leadership attempt to sideline this effort while quietly setting her bills aside without a vote. I am glad AB 403 has now passed the legislature with bipartisan support. It is regrettable that it took a scandal created by Democrat donor Harvey Weinstein to generate enough urgency to get the bill to the governor.”
Sen. Morrell represents California’s 23rd Senate District which includes portions of Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties including the city of Yucaipa. The district office is located at: 10350 Commerce Center Drive, Suite A-220 in Rancho Cucamonga. Sen. Morrell and his staff can be reached at 909-919-7731.