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California Legislature Expunges Offshore Drilling Vote From Public Record

Add another checkmark in the long list of offenses against our government in regards to honesty and transparency.

Don’t bother looking for the California Assembly’s roll-call record of one of the most contentious issues of the budget revisions: the plan to open new offshore oil drilling off the Santa Barbara coast for the first time in 40 years. It’s not there.

The July 24 vote on AB23 (28 yes, 43 no, 8 not voting) has been officially expunged – erased as if it never happened. …

Republicans suspect the move was made on behalf of Speaker Karen Bass, D-Baldwin Vista, who supposedly did not want a roll call when the defeat of the measure became apparent. Democrats insist the purge was for the benefit of Republican leader Sam Blakeslee of San Luis Obispo, whose vote for the oil-drilling plan as part of the budget deal was not likely to play well in his coastal district.

The bottom line is that the Democrats control the Assembly, and thus bear the ultimate responsibility for this anti-democratic whitewash. DeVore said Republicans did not object to the move because they recognized the futility of trying to win a procedural vote in a Democrat-dominated house.

This makes me wonder how often this has been done in the past and at what level has this occurred in our federal government.



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