Capitol Alert
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June 17, 2011

Hours after Gov. Jerry Brown roiled majority Democrats with his budget veto, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg made public his plans to halt consideration of the governor’s appointees “for an indefinite period of time.”

Members of the Senate Rules Committee were informed via email yesterday that gubernatorial appointees requiring Senate confirmation will not be considered by the committee or put up for a floor vote until further notice.

“The Rules Committee will not be meeting to consider any Governor’s appointments for an indefinite period of time per the Pro Tem. In addition, no action will be taken on appointees pending on the floor during this time,” the email reads.

When asked why Steinberg decided to hold off on confirmation of Brown’s appointees, spokesman Nathan Barankin said, “We’re focused on the budget right now.”

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