How confident should Senators be when a governor’s appointee to the state Ag Labor Board faced opposition testimony with a line out the hearing room door, “and around the block,” but not one person attended in support?
A testy and contentious confirmation hearing before the Senate Rules Committee Monday for Genevieve Shiroma, a 17-year member of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, ended after extensive testimony with a proverbial “F-you” to farm workers, when lawmakers voted 3-2 along party lines to confirm Shiroma.
Many Gov. Jerry Brown appointees must be confirmed by the state Senate. But they first receive approval from the five-member Senate Rules Committee before receiving an up or down vote by the full Senate. The committee is run by Democrats, and chaired by Senate leader Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles.
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