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Lawmaker Distracted By Facebook Accidentally Votes For State Budget

Assemblyman Scott Wilk (via Facebook, which he enjoys spending lots of time on)
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Facebook is the ultimate workday distraction, as one state lawmaker demonstrated earlier this week.On Monday, assemblyman Scott Wilk, who represents Simi Valley and Santa Clarita, became the first Republican to vote for the state budget in years because, ironically, he was too busy writing about his opposition to the bill on Facebook. He admitted his gaffe on Twitter:

Although it would be nice to think that somebody in the GOP was making an effort to reach across the aisle, according to the AP the Assembly allows lawmakers to change their vote. He later did so, drawing boos from Democrats and cheers from his fellow Republicans.

Wilk wrote that he opposed the budget because it "lacks transparency" and was "bloated." A new budget deal has since been negotiated between Democratic lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown, including public healthcare coverage for the children of undocumented immigrants.