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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez’s whistleblower bill

By in Press Enterprise on February 6, 2018

By Jeff Horseman

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill authorized by an Inland assemblywoman that extends whistleblower protections to state lawmakers’ staff.

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, had sponsored the bill for several years. Each time, it sailed through the Assembly only to falter in the state Senate.

That changed following revelations of sexual harassment and misconduct by a number of state lawmakers. It passed the Assembly 75-0 and the Senate 38-0. Brown signed it Monday, Feb. 5.

“The foundation to any government by and for the people is one rooted in transparency and accountability,” Melendez said in a news release. “And today, the Legislature, with the stroke of the Governor’s pen, just became the example for the nation for whistleblower protection.”

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