Labor and environmental groups have asked California Attorney General Jerry Brown to investigate whether Republican state lawmakers are engaging in illegal vote trading during budget talks.
“It’s a serious question and we’re reviewing the matter carefully,” Brown responded Thursday.
The California Labor Federation, State Building and Construction Trades Council, Sierra Club California and the Planning and Conservation League wrote to Brown on Wednesday – and sent a copy to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, too – citing reports that the Legislature’s GOP leaders are withholding votes on a state budget while attempting to win votes on unrelated matters.
It asserts this violates California Penal Code Section 86, prohibiting lawmakers from giving or promising to give “any official vote in consideration that another Member of the Legislature shall give this vote either upon the same or another question.
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