Republican John Cox's effort to create 12,000 'neighborhood' lawmakers in California fails...

Republican John Cox's effort to create 12,000 'neighborhood' lawmakers in California fails to make the ballot

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Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore)

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

A bill to extend whistle-blower protections to Capitol staffers that had been repeatedly shelved in previous years cleared the Legislature on Monday and is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

The legislation by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) would protect legislative employees who report legal or ethical violations, including sexual harassment, by fellow staff or lawmakers.

“No one should have to decide between keeping their job and reporting abuse,” Melendez said while presenting the measure, Assembly Bill 403, on the Assembly floor. It passed on a 74-0 vote to…



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