Asm. Bill Essayli Announces HR 51 to Hold Politicians Accountable for DUI

MADD “Appreciates and Supports Desire to Hold Convicted DUI Offenders Who Are Members of the Assembly Accountable”

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 26, 2023 – Today Assemblyman Bill Essayli announced his legislation House Resolution 51 which will prohibit any Member of the California State Assembly from driving a state pool car for a period of 3 years following a DUI conviction.

“Last year, over 1,000 Californians died as a result of drunk drivers. When I was a prosecutor, I fought to keep our roads safe by prosecuting and convicting drunk drivers. Now as a Member of the Assembly, I am troubled by recent incidents of legislators and candidates drinking and driving. Public officials must be held to the highest standards given the public trust placed in us, which is why I’ve introduced House Resolution 51, remarked Assemblyman Bill Essayli.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) California Executive Director Patricia Rillera wrote in support of HR 51 “MADD appreciates and supports your desire to hold convicted DUI offenders who are Members of the State Assembly accountable by prohibiting them from operating state pool vehicles for three years (HR 51). Limiting access to state pool vehicles […] will lead to much-needed change in driving behavior and decision-making that endangers California residents and visitors every day.”

Pool cars are provided by the Senate and Assembly for legislators to drive in Sacramento in addition to the free ground transportation services offered by the Sergeant-at-Arms Department. House Resolution 51 amending Assembly Rule 120 now awaits referral by the Assembly Rules Committee and may be acted upon when the Legislature returns from Summer Recess August 14.

Assemblyman Bill Essayli represents the 63rd Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the whole cities of Norco, Menifee, Lake Elsinore, and Canyon Lake, as well as portions of the cities of Eastvale, Riverside, and Corona.