SACRAMENTO (AP) — The state Legislature has approved emergency legislation that will let newly elected council members take office in the scandal-plagued Los Angeles County city of Bell.

The city has been without a functioning government since voters recalled its previous officeholders March 8. Meanwhile, a judge has ordered officials facing criminal charges to stay out of City Hall.

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The bill, AB93, passed the Assembly Monday 71-0, following approval last week in the Senate. If signed into law, it would let Bell’s city clerk swear in a new council as soon as the election results are certified, which is expected sometime this week.

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The bill is being transmitted to the governor’s office for action.

Eight former officials have been ordered to stand trial on charges that they illegally enriched themselves with excessive compensation.

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