More than a month after he won a special election to represent California 34th Congressional District, today is technically Rep.-elect Jimmy Gomez’s last day serving in the Assembly.
The only Democrat to win a special election for Congress since President Donald Trump took office in January, Gomez, , D-Los Angeles, has been set to replace former Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., since June 6, after months of no representation for the district. Becerra left Congress in January to succeed U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris as California’s attorney general.
For almost five weeks, Gomez has delayed his Assembly resignation, waiting it out as long as possible to cast a key vote to extend the state’s cap and trade program, which requires polluting companies to buy allowances to release greenhouse gasses.
Because the legislation wasn’t in print by Friday – a required 72 hours before voting could commence Monday – Gomez won’t be able to contribute his vote, potentially hurting the legislation’s chances. For it to pass, Gov. Jerry Brown needs two-thirds support from both legislative chambers.
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Democrats hold 55 of the 80 seats in the Assembly – one more than what’s needed for the cap-and-trade extension to pass – but Gomez might have been a necessary vote if lawmakers aren’t able to get all of the Democrats on board.
Of course, Brown could invoke part of Proposition 54 to bypass the 72-hour rule and get Gomez’s vote by declaring an emergency, but that’s not likely to happen.
A spokesperson from Gomez’s congressional office said Gomez is not expecting a vote on Monday and is preparing to be sworn in Tuesday in Washington.
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Rennie Svirnovskiy, 916-321-1310, @RennieYS