Stevenson’s Tainted Bill Going Nowhere Fast

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Eric Stevenson

Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was hauled away by the feds last week for taking bribes to write legislation for his constituents. His bill, which he drew up in February, would establish a moratorium on the construction of new adult day care centers. But Assemblywoman Joan Millman, who is chairwoman of the Assembly Aging Committee, said the bill is “certainly not going anywhere.”

“We’re never going to bring it up,” she said. “I took a look at it [on Friday]. He didn’t circulate it. The only name on it is his.”

Millman said it was unlikely that Stevenson and outgoing Assemblyman Nelson Castro’s outstanding bills would be carried by her colleagues. She called Stevenson’s bribery scandal “disheartening and demoralizing.”

“There are a lot of us who do these jobs seriously and you have these other people who line their pockets,” she said.

Castro, who continues to cooperate with federal authorities on several investigations, is expected to leave office on Monday. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver called on Stevenson to resign as well, but Stevenson has refused.

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