Newspapers have written stories about the sleaze in our Legislature at least since the days of Willie Brown. On April 22, I witnessed it with my own eyes and ears.
That day’s Education Committee hearing on Senate Bill 277, which requires vaccinations for nearly all California schoolchildren, and Sen. Carol Liu’s postponement of a vote last week were nothing but a cynical political charade, the outcome arranged in secret before any testimony: 734 people testified in opposition last week, and 53 testified in support.
Meanwhile, Sens. Richard Pan and Ben Allen were caught on videotape clearly violating the law (Chapter 6 of the Political Reform Act, Government Code Section 86205), as they danced to the puppet master Jodi Hicks, a registered lobbyist, who stood right behind them, and who they consulted repeatedly during the hearing.
Disgusting. These two senators are amoral, unethical men.
Gary M. Ogden