It's Sen. Alex Villalobos' legislative swan song this year -- and he's trying yet again to require lobbyists to tell the truth in committee meetings. It's a perennial issue for him, though the bill always seems to bog down in the House. (Last year it cleared the full Senate but stalled in the other chamber.)
"People come up here and lie to the Legislature every day," Villalobos said. "And we pass bills based on their lies."
The bill -- which exempts children, lawmakers and legislative
employees -- makes it a felony for someone to make a false statement
"that he or she does not believe to be true." It cleared the Senate
Criminal Justice committee unanimously today, with one more stop before
the Senate floor.