Campbell (R-Irvine) is an Assemblyman representing the 70th
in Orange County. Mr. Campbell is the Vice-Chairman of the Assembly
Budget Committee. He is the only CPA in the California State
and recently received a national award as Freshman Republican
Legislator of the Year. He represents the cities of Newport
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. [go to Campbell index]
Post-recall Legislature is not exactly comforting but...
[John Campbell] 2/2/04
of the mid-session deadlines for certain bills that were started
in the legislature last year. This is the first
time that we could get a taste of what the legislature might
be like in the post-recall California. The Assembly dealt with
about 50 bills this week excluding simple technical items with
There were a few encouraging signs. The first was the passage
of an expansion of Megan's law. I have authored two bills in
the last year to try to give parents more useful information
than they have now on the whereabouts of serious registered sex
offenders living near by. My bills were killed on party line
votes in committee, as were all other attempts by Republicans
to strengthen one of the weakest Megan's laws in the country.
But this week, after over a year of Republican pressure on the
issue, Assembly Democrats finally agreed to go along with a bill
that would put the addresses of these offenders on the Internet.
The bill (AB 488 - Parra-D) had only a few Democrats voting no.
It now goes to the Senate where it faces an uncertain future.
But this was a victory nonetheless.
of bad bills died. One would have eliminated any state tax
48 models of SUV's, trucks and vans, even for
business usage, in a continuation of last year's "politically
correct" assault on the vehicles Californians like to drive.
Cars, as opposed to SUV's with similar or less gas mileage would
not have been so penalized. Another bill would have placed a
tax on ammunition that would have exceeded the price of the product
by many multiples in some cases. Still another would have dictated
credit criterion under which landlords' could not reject tenants.
All of these bills are now dead. Good thing.
some recognition has set in since the recall that the legislature's
has been out of touch with the people.
But don't get too excited. There is still plenty of craziness
that is passing. A new version of the bill banning Indian mascot
names did pass. This bill (AB 858 Goldberg-D) bans the use of
the name "redskins" from any publicly funded school
or university in California. The author tearfully described the
terrible humiliation caused by using this "pejorative" name.
Give me a break. Mascot names are picked because they represent
courage and ferocity and stamina and respect. No school calls
their team the rats or rodents or cockroaches.
Mascot names are not pejorative by definition, lest you insult
your own team. If this bill becomes law (it still has to pass
the Senate and get the Governor's signature) the author will
go back next year to add Indians, Braves, Chiefs and Apaches.
Then maybe fighting Irish will have to go lest anyone be offended
So, there are some signs that the legislature's Democrat majority
may be getting some of the message from the people. But they
just can't help themselves when it comes to using the power of
government to force upon you their world view. And that wasn't
the only bad bill that passed. We'll review some more next week.