UPDATE: Overtime farm workers bill passes in Assembly on Monday

Posted at 4:41 PM, Aug 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-29 18:31:18-04

Today a bill passed in the Assembly that would allow farm workers to begin receiving overtime. The bill still needs to be signed by the governor.

Last Thursday, dozens of farm workers who traveled from across California to lobby state lawmakers to vote in support of a controversial overtime bill said they were "disappointed" in the latest turn of events.

Legislative leaders promised the bill would be voted on in the Assembly today, but the author of the legislation, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D - San Diego) did not bring the legislation up for a vote. Farm worker union representatives say they are confident the bill will be brought up for a vote on Monday, and that it will receive the number of votes necessary to send the bill to Governor Brown's desk.

The Senate President pro tempore Kevin De Leon (D - Los Angeles) declined to comment.  The bill's author Assemblywoman Gonzales could not be reached for comment.  Staff for the Assembly Speaker's office say the Speaker had left the office for the day.  

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