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.
Hiding a brew of bad law from public view
[John Campbell] 09/11/03
Quick Update: The Assembly was in session for over 12 hours
Wednesday and so many bad bills were passed that I cannot
even describe examples in a single column. I will have
to update in the next few weeks.
ain't seen nothin' yet.
out of control legislature is likely today to pass SB796 (Dunn--Orange
County). This bill will order a fine of $200 per employee
per pay period for even the most minor of labor code
The labor code is 3 books thick. Everyone probably messes
up on something. If Aerojet General in Huntington Beach
were to post their employee notices in the wrong font
size for a year, for example, they would be subject to a penalty
of $31,200,000. If that isn't bad enough, they could
contest the amount of the penalty and the plaintiff's
attorneys would get $7,800,000 of this. This may be one of
bills of the year. It is a trial lawyers dream, brought
to you by Senator Dunn, who is himself a trial lawyer.
It will make the so-called "17200" extortion
lawsuits seem like child's play. As I write this, the bill
has just enough votes to pass. Tomorrow is the legislature's
last day of the year. Friday we will see:
1) if businesses
will be required to pay for health insurance for all employees
or pay into a state-run health plan. This is the California
version of "Hillary-care."
2) if the
Democrat's poor excuse for worker's comp reform will pass.
If it does or it doesn't, it is unlikely to help the situation
much because it fails to deal with the biggest issues.
3) or if
there will be a bill to violate property rights by allowing
Indian Tribes to lay claim to almost any property across the
entire state as a "sacred site." As this bill is
currently drafted you might need to get the local tribe's approval
to put in a patio cover in your house.