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John Campbell

John 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 website and through the website for his California Senate campaign.

More Bad, Bad Law
It just doesn't seem to stop...
[John Campbell] 09/26/03

More bills from the last week: Last week I gave you some depth about 4 of the most prominent bills that were dealt with in the last few days of this year's legislative session. Today, I want to give you a flavor for some of the hundreds of other bills now on the Governor's desk. In brief staccato fashion, here they go....

AB 274 (Koretz-D): Creates a rebuttable presumption that an employer has unlawfully retaliated against an employee if the employee is fired, demoted, suspended or subject to salary reduction within 60 days of exercising his or her rights under the labor code. This is a new way for people to get job security without working or otherwise doing the job.

AB 1219 (Montanez-D): Expands the Department of Corrections' education bureaucracy, insulates them from control by the Director of Corrections, and will increase inmate education costs by at least an estimated $10 million. Your kids are getting packed into classrooms while inmates are getting more money spent on their education. Doesn't this seem backwards?

AB 1506 (Negrete-McCloud-D): Mandates the use of a "Labor Compliance Program" (or project labor agreement PLA) which is a nice term for union labor, for any public works projects financed in any part by a high speed rail bond. This is one of many, many bills that passed that require the use of union labor ignoring such matters as cost, quality or service and prohibiting nonunion workers from even competing for the job.

SB 71 (Kuehl-D): Repeals the education code requirement that public schools get parent's permission before asking students to complete a sex questionnaire. So they will now be able to ask your kid anything without your consent. This bill will allow public schools to dump all kinds of "politically correct" social engineering about sex into your child's head without your knowledge and consent such as the equivalency of marriage with a "committed relationship." It completely rewrites the sex education statutes.

AB 190 (Levine-D): Requires that a vote be counted even if the voter voted in the wrong precinct, for the wrong offices and for candidates for whom he or she was not entitled to vote. This is one of several bills that passed which will increase voter fraud.

SB 578 (Alarcon-D): Prohibits anyone from doing business with the state by creating a "sweat free code of conduct" so that the state will not contract with "sweatshop labor." "Sweatshop labor" is defined in the bill to include any nonunion labor by saying that any labor not under an employment contract is "sweatshop." You are also "sweatshop" labor if you ever have compulsory overtime or if you ever work over 48 hours per week or if you ever make any distinctions based on the "gender identity" (translation: cross dressing) of the employee. And it goes on and on from there. I surmise that virtually everyone reading this is a "sweatshop laborer" and didn't know it.

You think you've heard it all yet? Not a chance. I have more next week. Are you starting to get the picture when I describe this as the worst legislative session in California ever?

[Ed. - more legislative woe from John Campbell next week...]


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