Update, 6:30 p.m., Monday: Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill granting whistleblower protections to legislative staffers who report sexual misconduct or other misbehavior.
Brown signed AB 403 hours after it passed the Assembly unanimously on Monday. It takes effect immediately.
SACRAMENTO — The California Assembly on Monday unanimously passed a bill granting whistleblower protections to legislative staff members who say they are badly needed to ensure sexual misconduct and other misbehavior can be reported without fear of retaliation.
It will take effect immediately if signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The Senate passed it last week after stonewalling a similar measure for four years.
Legislative staff members donning black gathered in the Assembly gallery and balcony to watch the debate and planned to rally outside the Capitol to support the bill's passage.