State Capitol – Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) today opposed the confirmation of Board of Parole Hearings Commissioner (BOPH) Terri Turner and also ripped into the vetting process of the Senate Rules Committee.
“We saw this a couple years ago with the hollow vetting of ALRB (Agricultural Labor Relations Board) member Isadore Hall,” said Vidak. “Well the same was done yesterday in a Rules Committee hearing on Parole Commissioner Terri Turner. Senator Roth cast the deciding vote to move her confirmation forward when he could have voted no and Turner’s reign would have been over.”
Terri Turner has been a Commissioner (and previously a Deputy Commissioner) for the Board of Parole Hearings the last 10 years. During that time she has compiled the highest record – now at 50% - of voting to release violent murderers and kidnappers out of prison. Each year she has voted for early release of hundreds and hundreds of these dangerous inmates.
The Senate Rules Committee had one year after Turner’s appointment in which to hold a confirmation hearing on Turner yet wanted until the last minute and forced her through on a bare 3-1-1 vote.
Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside) cast the deciding vote going along with Senate President pro-Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Senator Majority Leader Bill Monning (D-Carmel). Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) voted against Turner’s confirmation and Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) was absent from the hearing.
Turner’s confirmation was approved on the Senate Floor this morning by a 24 - 12 vote.