A spokesperson for Skinner was not immediately available.
According to Skinner’s letter, Portantino’s spending in the first half of the legislative session puts him on track to seriously exceed his budget allotment in the second half of the year.
Portantino counters that he has operated within budget parameters for the first half of the year.
“This bizarre and unprecedented action is clearly intended to punish me for my vote and to discourage other Assembly members from performing their duties in a conscientious manner,” reads a statement by Portantino, who plans to run for Congress next year after he terms out of the Assembly.
How much Portantino has spent and is allowed to spend was not immediately clear. Skinner’s letter refers to detailed budget projections that Portantino did not release with copies of Skinner’s letter.
Assembly member’s budgets are administered by the Rules Committee with input from Speaker John Pérez (D – Los Angeles), with whom Portantino has clashed numerous times.
Contrary to the Democratic majority, Portantino has also opposed the dismantling of state-funded redevelopment agencies — a position that provoked a tense, finger-pointing confrontation with Pérez on the Assembly floor in March — and plans for prison realignment that involved the early release of thousands of state prisoners. At the start of this year’s legislative session, Pérez removed Portantino as chair of the Assembly’s Revenue and Taxation Committee.