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Lawmaker seeks to block legislators from cushy board appointments

February 15, 2013|By Patrick McGreevy

A state lawmaker wants to end the practice of using the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board as a soft-landing pad for former legislators.

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) has introduced legislation prohibiting a former member of the Legislature from joining the board for two years after leaving office.

AB 263 also would limit the pay of board members to the salary received by members of the Assembly — currently $90,526.

Her proposal comes a month after Assemblyman Michael Allen (D-Santa Rosa) lost his re-election bid and was appointed to the board, with annual pay of $128,109, by Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles).

After state Sen. Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield) pleaded no contest to drunk driving in 2010 and was forced out of office by term limits, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him to the state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.

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patrick.mcgreevy@latimes.com

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