Reforms Loosen Grip of Legislative Leaders

Bedrosian Center faculty Sherry Bebitch Jeffe published an opinion piece on Fox & Hounds about recent reforms and the shift of legislative power in California.

“The biggest change may result from the resetting of term limits to allow lawmakers to stay for 12 years in one house of the legislature. Currently, 43 of the 52 Democrats in the Assembly can keep their seats through 2024 or 2026; that includes the newly designated Speaker, Anthony Rendon, (D-Lakewood), who was first elected to the Assembly in 2012. By contrast, the current Speaker—Toni Atkins—was elected in 2010, under the old term limits, and will be out of the Assembly after the 2016 elections.”

Read the full article here.