Fight for whistle-blower protections for CA lawmakers' staffers

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) has been fighting for whistle-blower protections for California lawmakers' staffers, something the Legislature has been deliberately ignoring.

The fact that they pass and strengthen whistle-blower protections in other areas of the public and private sector but ignore themselves, proves that they don't want the public to know about the culture of sexual harassment that exists in Sacramento.

Melendez told the SF Chronicle:

"Welcome to the rules of irony. The attitude is the rules are for you and not me.”

She's put forward legislation every year for the past 4 years to extend the California Whistleblower Protection Act to legislative staffers. And every year, the bills die in the state Senate committee.

Melendez's bills all passed the Assembly unanimously, but when they got to the Senate Appropriations Committee they stalled without a vote or an explanation.

The Assemblywoman joined us this afternoon to talk about her efforts to get a bill passed. Listen below, it sounds like some awfully shady stuff going on in the Capitol:

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