A Labor Group Accuses Republican Lawmakers Of Illegal Vote Trading

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A labor group wants the state attorney general to investigate whether republican legislative leaders illegally traded votes during budget negotiations.   

Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports... 

The California Labor Federation’s Steve Smith says some republican legislative leaders may have violated state law.  He contends the alleged vote trading “amounts to bribery…” 
“What’s happened here is that republicans have demanded weakening of environmental protections, gutting workplace protections…and in return for those demands, republicans have said they will support tax increases or revenue enhancements…”
Smith says republican leadership is seeking to change laws regarding overtime pay and mandatory meal breaks for workers in California.  He says the republicans also want to “dilute” environmental laws in favor of creating jobs.
The federation has submitted 65-hundred petition signatures to the Attorney General asking for an investigation.  A spokeswoman for the Assembly Republican leader says “the accusations are unfounded and false.”