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Editorial: We can live without legislators who don’t live in their districts

September 17, 2018

By Chronicle Editorial Board : sfchronicle – excerpt

SB1250: The author of the newly passed bill, SB1250, has made much of the fact that legislators have to be on hand in Sacramento or Washington, where they often maintain residences, and argues they therefore require special dispensation. But residency controversies usually have little to do with time spent in the capital. Wright, for example, was accused of living elsewhere in Southern California, not anywhere near Sacramento

California lawmakers have drawn exactly the wrong lesson from allegations that some of their colleagues don’t reside in the areas they claim to represent. Instead of taking care not to make the same mistake, they’re trying to rid themselves of the apparently onerous requirement that they live in their districts.

Legislation by state Sen. Steven Bradford, a Los Angeles area Democrat, decrees that wherever a member of the Legislature or Congress chooses to vote will be accepted as his or her primary residence as long as the legislator has lived there at some point. For purposes of determining where politicians actually reside, the bill says, such minor details as where they pay taxes, get mail, and house their belongings and children are not to be considered.

The Assembly voted overwhelmingly to send the bill to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk last week amid the crush of activity just before the legislative session ended. Only seven Assembly members and two senators voted against it… (more)

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    September 17, 2018 8:45 am

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