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Lawmaker Accidentally Votes for California Budget Because He Was Distracted by Facebook

A thumbs up or "Like" icon at the Facebook main campus in Menlo Park, California, May 15, 2012. An appeals court recently reversed a lower courts ruling, saying that clicking "like" on Facebook is in fact an action protected under freedom of speech. (Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker accidentally cast his party's first vote for the California budget in years because he was distracted by Facebook.

Assemblyman Scott Wilk was the sole Republican to vote for California's record $117.5 billion spending plan Monday.

The Santa Clarita lawmaker later clarified he accidentally supported the bill in the Capitol while opposing it on Facebook. He posted on Twitter "My wife is right — I can't multitask!"

Today I voted “no” on AB 93, the $117.5 billion dollar 2015-16 state budget. It is no surprise that a budget process...

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Assemblyman Scott Wilk on Monday, June 15, 2015

California's budget is being negotiated between Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders. They have yet to reach a final deal.

Wilk's blunder won't show up on the official legislative record because the Assembly allows lawmakers to change their official votes.

He did so after session ended, receiving applause from fellow Republicans and boos from Democrats.

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