Since March, my office has been helping everyday Californians deal with the incompetence at the state’s unemployment department. The state has delayed benefits, lost documents, put citizens at risk of identity theft, and for months was not even answering the phone. The negligence by the Newsom administration hurt jobless Californians who desperately needed help after the governor forced businesses to close. While unemployed Californians couldn’t even lawfully obtain benefits, Gov. Newsom’s administration somehow allowed fraud to run rampant so that rapists, murderers and death row inmates could receive benefits.

Just as I have helped Californians navigate the bureaucracy occurring at this department, I am now introducing legislation to ensure the mistakes made by this department can never happen again and am supporting efforts to hold these criminals accountable.