By Ben Bradford
California state Senators rushed from the State of the State address to adopt a new rule—and prevent the return of a lawmaker accused of sexual harassment.
The rule allows the five-member Rules Committee, currently led by Democratic state Senate leader Kevin De León, to extend a Senator’s leave of absence, when they’ve voluntarily taken one.
Authors of legislation usually pitch why it’s necessary, but de León introduced the resolution this way.
“I think it’s pretty self-explanatory,” said de León.