Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) issued the following statement in response to the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee's defeat of his Senate Bill 1234 today:
"SB 1234 is a simple measure to require that the State do what it requires every other employer in California to do – pay its employees at least twice per month. This has been required of the private sector since 1919.
"Unfortunately, for the last 99 years the State has conveniently exempted itself from the twice-per-month-pay requirement. State employees, particularly those not making big salaries, struggle to pay bills while waiting an entire month to get their next paycheck.
"It's very disappointing to me that three Senators on the committee are not willing to extend a benefit to State workers that is already given to private sector employees."