Child abuse bill provides vote-switch case study

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A bill to allow people listed on a child abuse registry as minors to eventually have their name removed provides a case study in how lawmakers in the Assembly alter the official voting record to give an inaccurate picture of their actions.

AB1707 attracted 36 vote additions and three after-the-fact vote reversals on both of its Assembly votes, more changes than almost any other piece of legislation during the 2012 session.

The official recorded vote in the Assembly shows 64 of the 80 lawmakers voted “yes” on the bill.

In fact, the legislation passed by just a single vote in August, with 27 of the 80 Assembly members opting not to cast a vote when the bill was debated. Instead, they added their names after the issue had been decided.

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