This week on State of Affairs:
- State lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly team up to fight sexual harassment in the Capitol.
- Several new bills take aim at California's housing crisis.
- New bills target the FCC's decision to rollback net neutrality regulations — but they could face an uphill battle.
Jack Pitney, Roy P. Crocker professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College on legislature's team effort to fight harassment:
This is an issue that crosses party lines, it crosses jurisdictional boundaries.
On the merits of the issue, it's very confusing to have two different sets of rules — especially because you have so many staffers that switch between the two chambers. But it would also look bad politically for one chamber to have tougher and more responsible rules than the other. That would create political problems for the chamber that didn't have the strict rules. As Marisa [Lagos] pointed out, very wisely they chose two women to lead this panel — Laura Friedman from the Assembly and Holly Mitchell from the State Senate.
- Jack Pitney, Roy P Crocker professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College
- Marisa Lagos, political reporter for KQED