Calif. Senate Dems close out session limiting debate, muting Republicans

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).

Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.