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.
Days and Licenses
Going from bad legislation to very bad...
[John Campbell] 09/06/03
to End of Session and Recall
dates are approaching. These dates are impacting everything
going on in Sacramento right now. September 12th is the last
day for bills to be passed by the legislature until January
of next year. October 7th is the recall election. And October
12th is the last day for the Governor
(and it will likely still be Governor Davis, because the Secretary
of State has up to 28 days to certify the election) to sign or
veto all bills passed this year. So, the Democrat controlled
legislature is scrambling to pass all kinds of terrible stuff
while they still have a Democrat Governor to sign it.
next 7 days are likely to be chaotic and the mood up here is
already testy as Democrats craft last minute legislation and
amendments to beat the clock, as Republicans use the limited
power of the minority to block them. I will be sending you
updates as frequently as daily during this period to keep you
informed of just how much worse this one party junta
can make Californians' lives...... until the hope for change
on October 7th.
Worst of the Worst
piece of legislation to pass this year so far is SB60 (D-Cedillo)
which is the driver's license for non-citizens
bill. This bill passed this week on a strict party line
vote. It allows anyone to get a driver's license in California
by simply signing an acknowledgment that they have no social
security number, and then providing some identification which
can include a foreign military or foreign driver's license
ID. How is the DMV clerk going to know if you present them
a real driver's license from Liechtenstein, Luxemburg or Libya
or if you actually made it with your new Photoshop PC?
Unlike current driver's license application, these driver's
license applications will not
undergo any background checks or be linked with any law
enforcement records. So, the privacy of non-citizens is more
protected than that of citizens.
does not just have loopholes, it is a superhighway for criminals,
terrorists, identity thieves, people wanting to have false
or second identities and of course, those in the country illegally,
to hurt us and carry out more crimes. Why did Democrats
pass this dangerous bill? They continue to believe that fostering
ethnic division helps them secure their political power base.
All of us who voted against this bill were called "racists
and bigots" by a number of Democrats in their floor
speeches. They typically resort to this type of name calling
when their arguments are without merit. They are willing to
jeopardize your security in order to galvanize their support
amongst certain ethnicities by perpetuating the myth that opponents
of bad legislation are racist.
Davis, who vetoed similar legislation last year that had many
more protections in it, because he said it was a terrorism
, has said he will sign this bill. There is no justification
to veto the bill last year and sign this one except that he
always puts his political well being above the needs of the
state. This is a perfect example of why people want to recall
So what do
we do after Davis signs it? A lawsuit will be filed to attempt
to get an injunction and we should all support that. We
are investigating putting a referendum on the ballot
in November of 2004 to overturn this legislation. We are working
with the Federal Government, who has already warned Davis'
administration that SB 60 poses security risks. And finally, vote
out of office all who voted for this bill.