Gino DiCaro

Mandatory paid jury days

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, March 31, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Legislation introduced by Gloria Romero (D-Los Angles), SB 1281, would prohibit a company with more than 100 employees from contracting with the state unless that company provides a yet to be determined number of days of regular pay for jury service.

The concept is a repeat of Senator Romero's bill last year, SB 874, which was sponsored by the Consumer Attorneys of California. The bill started off with a 10-day requirement for companies to provide fully paid jury days, but was later amended to require 5 days of such pay. It was vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger on the basis that the state is charged with obtaining the best value for the taxpayer in contracting for goods and services. "[SB 874] would impose an additional restriction on those contractors in order to do business with the State, restrict competition, and ultimately result in higher prices for goods and services," explained the Governor in his veto letter.

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