Both houses of the California Legislature will convene Wednesday afternoon for the formal beginning of an eight-month session to craft a state budget and consider hundreds of proposed laws.
And they will do so with three fewer lawmakers, two having resigned after being accused of sexual harassment.
The national conversation over sexual misconduct — including the decision by women in California politics to decry what they call a culture of harassment around the state Capitol — has taken place during the almost four months in which the Legislature has been in recess.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a third legislator, Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles), resigned last week, citing serious health issues. However sources close to the situation tell CalNews.com that Ridley-Thomas’ “health issues” are really a cover story and that he too is part of the Capitol’s sex crime scandal.
There’s no doubt that all three of these seats will be filled by Democrats. Until then, Republicans will have the opportunity to “play government” for a while, at least until the three upcoming special elections make them irrelevant again.