Prop. 50 Passes, Allowing Lawmakers to Suspend Peers without Pay

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SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers will be able to suspend without pay any peers they deem unfit for office under a constitutional amendment approved by voters.

Proposition 50 passed with 77 percent of voters in favor of the initiative that legislators placed on Tuesday’s ballot.

The measure drew little attention or cash in an election season that’s seen tens of millions of dollars poured into California primary races.

Lawmakers pursued the change after suspending Sens. Leland Yee, Ron Calderon and Rod Wright as they faced felony accusations in 2014. A state law prohibiting lawmakers’ pay from being reduced meant the three Democrats continued receiving paychecks after they were suspended.

The measure’s few opponents argued it’s a toothless political maneuver wrongfully portrayed as a fix for rare criminal behavior.

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