The California State Senate and State Assembly have BOTH endorsed the big immigration rally/walkout next Monday (May 1.) As was expected,the endorsement was voted strictly along party lines. The Republicans voted against the endorsement, the Democrats voted in favor. Since the Democrats have the majority in both the Senate and the Assembly, the endorsements were passed.
In other words, the California Senate and Assembly APPROVE the walkouts of schoolchildren, employees, etc.,across the state of California next Monday to protest against current immigration laws.
Now, here's the kicker:
On Monday, all the Democrat Senators and Assemblypeople will show up the State Capitol, and when they step foot on the carpet, they are automatically listed as "present and accounted for." Then, they will turn around, exit the Capitol, board planes for Los Angeles, and take part in the march in downtown themselves!
The point of showing up at the Capitol is simple: they get paid their 'per diem' allowance (like a salary) for Monday, as well as the prior two days (Saturday/Sunday). If they didn't show up Monday, they would forfeit the allowance for all three days. It amounts to about $500 for all three days, per person.
This money is paid to them TAX FREE.
So,they will ensure that they receive their tax-free money for three days, fly to LA, and march alongside all these people who are likely to either not get paid for not working, and/or people who may actually lose their jobs, on an issue that is contrary to existing laws!
Aren't Democrats special?
Meanwhile, back in Sacramento, the Republicans plan on showing up for work as usual on Monday. But they cannot actually do anything, because there won't be enough votes to be counted! There's only a couple dozen of them (a minority), and for votes to be taken, there has to be at least 40 or so in attendance (a quorum). Since the Dems won't be there to vote on anything, no work will be possible! And as pointed out byone Republican Senator, the state government is so far behind on its work (especially the budget), they simply cannot afford delays of any kind.
But Democrats can afford to take time off to march in a rally against legal immigration, and still get paid for it.