By Patrick McGreevy
August 18, 2014

Amid criticism over three state Senators continuing to collect salaries as they serve suspensions, a ballot measure that would allow lawmakers to suspend colleagues without pay has missed the deadline for the 2014 ballot.

The Assembly has not acted to place State Constitutional Amendment 17 on the Nov. 4 statewide ballot and so its author, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), is having to look at an alternative, according to spokesman Rhys Williams.

“The window has closed to get SCA-17 on the November ballot, but the Senator wishes for the bill to be considered before the end of session,” Williams said Monday. “That would put the constitutional amendment on the June 2016 ballot.”

The ballot measure was proposed by Steinberg in response to controversy over the paid suspensions of Democratic Sens. Leland Yee of San Francisco, Ronald S. Calderon of Montebello and Roderick Wright who represents a district centered on Inglewood.

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