“When I was first elected in 1960, a legislator was entitled to a secretary in the Capitol and a secretary in their district office, and then, if you were a committee chairman or had other responsibilities, there was additional staff. But everybody was entitled to that staffing.
“Well, then it got to be a second secretary in Sacramento, and then it got to be a second secretary in your district office, and then it got to be an administrative assistant. So they all increased the number of staff people working for them.
“Now the Legislature’s gone overboard on the staffing routine. It was not (Assembly Speaker Jess) Unruh’s concept — and not that of those of us that supported him — that there would be this much staff in the Legislature.
“It was our concept that you’d have a professional staff person on the tax committee and on the water committee and on the agriculture committee and on the insurance committee and the other committees, and they wouldn’t necessarily change because of a change in speaker or a change in party or a change in committee chairman.
“But what’s happened is that those have been politicized to a great degree, although not entirely. There still are some professional people there that would serve regardless of who was in charge, but there’s far too many of them, too. It’s just gone overboard.”
— Former GOP Assembly Speaker Bob Monagan, 1982
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