Campbell (R-Irvine) is an Assemblyman representing the 70th District
in Orange County. Mr. Campbell is the Vice-Chairman of the Assembly
Budget Committee. He is the only CPA in the California State legislature
and recently received a national award as Freshman Republican
Legislator of the Year. He represents the cities of Newport Beach,
Laguna Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Aliso Viejo, Laguna
Woods and Lake Forest. He can be reached through his Assembly
and through the website
for his California Senate campaign.
It can't come soon enough...
[John Campbell] 8/30/03
Countdown: On September 12th the legislature will adjourn for
the year (or until a special session is called) and the people
will be free from new bad laws for a little while. Democrats
are hurrying to pass all sorts of terrible legislation that is
continuing the legacy of the last 5 years of Davis/Bustamante
and rewarding their union and other special interests at the
expense of jobs, the economy and the state budget. Today was
the last day to pass bills that Gray Davis would have to sign
before the recall election. Any bill passed from now until September
12th doesn't have to be signed or vetoed until 5 days after the
recall election. Since the new Governor, if there is one after
the recall election, would not be sworn in for probably at least
a week, Davis can hold all sorts of bills until after you vote
in the election if he wants to.
But he may have pressure to sign all the bad stuff from the
unions and others that have bankrolled his previous campaign
and upon whom he is relying to bankroll this one.
He has already
signaled that he will sign the absolutely hideous undocumented
alien driver's license bill. This bill is substantially
worse than the bill the Governor vetoed last year. The bill invites
and allows voter fraud. It specifically prohibits collection
of any information on these non-citizens in our country or use
of information by law enforcement. Non-citizens without legal
residency would be able to get what is effectively a passport
good within the U.S. without an employment requirement, background
check, proof that they are in the process of obtaining citizenship
or collection of fingerprints on all 10 fingers.
But the Governor
and the Lieutenant Governor don't care if they are jeopardizing
the security of our entire nation or that our voting rights
will be abridged, as long as they keep their jobs.
Abuse of Power: I have often cited actions by the one-party ruling junta in
Sacramento to abuse the process because of fear that the people
understand what they are really about. Another example of that
yesterday involved SB 122 (Escutia-D) which is a bill that
will actually make the situation with the so-called 17200 abusive
lawsuits worse. 36 amendments to that bill were made which
change it and should require the bill to go back to a committee
so that what the bill actually does now can be thoroughly vetted.
But the majority party does not want that to occur because
they do not want the light of public scrutiny shined upon another
blatant gift to the trial lawyers while unfairly hurting thousands
of small businesses in California.
Over the next few weeks, We shall see if any of these and many
other pieces of bad legislation can be defeated, or if the people
must suffer one more round of abuse before things start to change
on October 7th.