- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Legislative staff in California would gain whistleblower protection under a bill that has advanced out of the Assembly.

AB289 extends the protections for reporting illegal and unethical behavior that are available to state employees to staff of the state Legislature.

It’s the second attempt at passing such legislation after a similar bill stalled in the Senate last year.

The push for protection came after state Senators Leland Yee and Ron Calderon were arrested on federal corruption charges last year. Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez of Lake Elsinore says her bill would show corruption is not tolerated in the Legislature.

Legislative staff currently can lodge complaints with the ethics committees of both the Assembly and Senate.

AB289 advanced unanimously Monday without debate.

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