Despite $31 billion in fraudulent unemployment payments during the statewide COVID lockdown of businesses, three Republican reform bills to address the rampant fraud and mismanagement that has plagued the California Employment Development Department (EDD) were shelved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee Chair, effectively killing the bills.
Assembly Appropriations Chairwoman Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) responded: “We passed a lot of reform bills, they’re in the senate. These were duplicative.”
We passed a lot of reform bills, they’re in the senate. These were duplicative.
— Lorena Gonzalez (@LorenaSGonzalez) August 26, 2021
When the Party in power want bills killed, but doesn’t want to have to vote on them, they quietly “kill” the bills by “holding them” in the Assembly Appropriation Committee. This is how they get away with not being on the record for a controversial vote.
This bill killing comes one week after Democrats on the Joint Legislative Audit Committee delayed the hearing to investigate California’s Employment Development Department fraud of $31 billion during the COVID pandemic, scheduled for Tuesday, August 24, and have no new date set, despite Legislative Session concluding on September 10.
The reform bills held today in Assembly Appropriations Committee were:
- SB 39 by Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) would require the EDD to cross-check prison inmate records with unemployment claims to prevent benefits from illegally going to prisoners.
- SB 58 by Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) would require the EDD to immediately end the practice of including full social security numbers on its most frequently mailed documents.
- SB 232 by Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Red Bluff) would implement the State Auditor’s recommendations from the previous three audits of EDD.
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