The disparity of power in Sacramento among the two parties reached its nadir in the waning ours of the 2020 legislative session.
Working through the final tranche of legislation – including a legislative deal with Gov. Gavin Newsom to avoid a lapsing of the state’s eviction moratorium amid the coronavirus pandemic – California Senate leadership, with State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D–Santa Barbara) gaveling in her final session, introduced a rule to set time limits on debate.
The move ultimately iced out Republicans, who were barred from attending the session in-person following the positive coronavirus test of Sen. Brian Jones (R–Santee).
The rules change led to exasperation from Sen. Melissa Melendez (R–Lake Elsinore).