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AP analysis: Mary Hayashi Assembly’s late-voting queen

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Most everyone knows she’s a convicted shoplifter, but termed-out Assemblywoman and wannabe Alameda County supervisor Mary Hayashi has gained another dubious distinction. An AP analysis puts her at the top of the list of late voters in the Assembly. Hayashi added her name to a roll call—that is, after the fate of a bill had already been decided—a whopping 290 times during the past session.

Good government groups have long decried the late-voting practice, which only a handful of states allow. Critics say it allows lawmakers to mislead constituents by changing the official record of how they voted. AP
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