Aug 29: We Were Denied the Right to Vote on 30+ Bills

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Dear Friend,

Since the beginning of this pandemic, I have promoted and practiced safe, careful measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Yesterday, despite my cautious actions, my fellow caucus members and I were denied the right to vote on over 30 bills. We were not even given the option to vote remotely.

On Monday, all Senators on the floor were exposed to a member who tested positive for COVID. I, like my Republican and Democratic colleagues, was on the floor with him and we were all wearing masks. The only other time I saw this Senator was at a caucus meeting, where I wore a mask and social distanced. (I have since tested negative for COVID).

Instead of rescheduling votes for all senators or providing an option for remote voting, Senate Leadership opted to disregard precedence from earlier this year when the Capitol shut down after two Assembly Members contracted COVID-19. Leadership only denied caucus members from voting. This means that an entire caucus was forbidden from voting when members from both caucuses were exposed, defying logic and robbing constituents of their voice. Because of this, nearly 10 million Californians didn’t have a say in 30+ bills. I am disappointed to report that this wasn’t about public health. This was about politics.

I have resumed voting today and will continue doing my best to represent you.

As always, please share your priorities with me at Senator.Chang@senate.ca.gov or 714-671-9474.

Sincerely,
Ling Ling Chang
29th District

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