New State Lawmakers Learning the Ropes
Newly-elected state lawmakers are learning the ropes in an intensive session to prepare them for work at the state Capitol. Jenny O’Mara spoke with one of the new Democratic legislators and has this report.
Monday, November 8, 2004
Democrat Mike Gordon of El Segundo hasn’t slowed down much since Election Day… Cut: MikeG1 (:11) “You know election night ended November 3rd, at four in the morning when I climbed into bed, I was on a two o’clock plane that afternoon here, Thursday we had our Democratic caucus and Friday we were in training.” Gordon says he and other new members spent much of a morning training session on ethics — with a different emphasis than what he experienced as a legislative staff member in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Cut: MikeG2 (:11) “Every form of possible discrimination, from gender to age to religion and on and on and on is being discussed…t today it’s very much the discussion.” Gordon said guidelines on hiring staff are also part of this week’s training. The legislature’s session begins next month, with work to begin in earnest in January. SOC