Here on my desk, printed from the machine in the back of the Assembly chamber at 2:57 p.m. on July 24, is a roll call vote that the California Assembly wants to pretend doesn't exist. It is the vote on AB 23, the measure that would have paved the way for the first offshore oil drilling project in state waters in 40 years.
After the bill failed, the Assembly leadership had the vote expunged from the official record. What that means in practice is that it will make it impossible in the future for political campaigns to cite an official record of the vote in order to attack an opponent over his or her vote for or against offshore oil.
But the record hardly disappears because the Assembly says it should. You could go here, for instance, to watch a clip of the floor debate on the bill.
And, for the unofficial record, here's the roll call:
AYES (28) -- Adams, Anderson, Arambula, B. Berryhill, T. Berryhill, Blakeslee, Calderon, Conway, Cook, DeVore, Duvall, Emmerson, Fuller, Gaines, Garrick, Gilmore, Hagman, Jeffries, Knight, Logue, Miller, Nestande, Niello, Nielsen, Silva, Smyth, Tran, Villines.
NOES (43) -- Ammiano, Beall, Blumenfield, Brownley, Buchanan, Caballero, Carter, Chesbro, Coto, De la Torre, DeLeon, Eng, Evans, Feuer, Fong, Fuentes, Furutani, Gagliani, Hayashi, Hill, Huber, Huffman, Jones, Krekorian, Lieu, Lowenthal, Ma, Mendoza, Monning, Nava, J. Perez, V.M. Perez, Portantino, Ruskin, Salas, Saldana, Skinner, Strickland, Swanson, Torlakson, Torres, Torrico, Yamada.
NOT VOTING (8) -- Block, Davis, Fletcher, Hall, Harkey, Hernandez, Solorio, Madame Speaker (Bass).