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State Assembly passes bill to limit governor's clemency power

April 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's controversial clemency decision has prompted state lawmakers to try to slow down similar moves in the future.

Schwarzenegger has admitted to reducing the sentence of a political ally's son as a personal favor. On Monday, the State Assembly approved a bill that would require a governor to notify the crime victim's family and the district attorney involved in a case before they could commute any sentence.

Those parties would be given at least 30 days to petition the governor before a clemency decision is made.

The bill by Assemblyman Marty Block, a Democrat from San Diego, passed 61-0 and heads to the Senate.

Republican Assemblyman Allan Mansoor of Costa Mesa drafted a similar constitutional amendment. His office says Block's bill is not restrictive enough.

The Associated Press contributed to this story