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State bill: Convicted politicians banned from office for 20 years (updated)

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A new state bill would prohibit politicians convicted of violating the public trust from running for office until 20 years after their sentence is complete.

Politicians who are convicted of a felony related to violating the public's trust would be prohibited from running for any elected office in California for 20 years, under a bill sponsored by an Assemblyman whose chief of staff is running for office against a candidate charged with 18 felonies.

Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, D-Sylmar, sponsored AB 2410, which was unanimously approved today by the state Assembly. The bill would ban elected officials from running for office until 20 years after their sentence, including probation, ends.

The bill would apply to felony convictions for accepting bribes, embezzling public funds, perjury or conspiracy to commit those crimes.

The chief of staff to Fuentes, Raul Bocanegra, is currently running for the Assembly against Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, who is facing 18 felony charges for allegedly living outside of his district. The case, which includes allegations of voter fraud and perjury, was dismissed earlier this month, and then immediately refiled by the district attorney’s office. Alarcon has pleaded not guilty.

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