State legislators and a union representing administrative law judges are crying foul over a plan to gut the legal staff at California’s Fair Employment and Housing Commission and contract out all future cases to another state agency.

“We think such a decision would be a significant setback for civil rights enforcement in the state of California and contrary to the express intent of the Legislature,” state Sen. Don Perata, Assemblyman Fabian Nunez and 12 other legislators wrote Tuesday in a letter to officials including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s chief of staff and members of the commission.

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