California lawmaker files 'DUPE Act' amid George Santos controversy
As controversy continues to consume New York Congressman George Santos at the nation's capital, an effort is underway at the state capitol to try to deter any elected official in California from duping voters. Democratic State Sen. Josh Newman this week filed the DUPE Act, or the Disqualified Unscrupulous Pathological Elected Act, following reports Santos lied to voters about his heritage, work and education experience, and other aspects of his life. Newman's bill would require candidates seeking any elective office in California to submit work, education and military experience to the Secretary of State's office under penalty of disqualification and removal from office. Newman said the bill penalizes candidates who lie with potential criminal prosecution as a misdemeanor offense under the Political Reform Act.