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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. [go to Campbell index]

Lockyer No Show
Where's the AG?, Repealing bad law...

[John Campbell] 2/23/04

San Francisco: The media are all abuzz about the gay "marriages" going on at the instruction of the Mayor of San Francisco. Although this is partly about marriage it is even more about the rule of law. The people overwhelmingly voted for Proposition 22 back in 2000 which established that marriage in this state shall only be between a man and a woman. The measure carried in 52 of the 58 counties in this state. The issue has been decided. It is settled. But the cultural left is so consumed with hubris that they believe that voters are ignorant. Therefore the left must be masters and controllers of the unintellectual populace. In this case, they do so by defiantly ignoring the law. State Attorney General Bill Lockyer should immediately step in and declare these "marriages" invalid. But he has been quiet. However, when the "groping" allegations of Governor Schwarzenegger emerged from 4 people, (two of whom would not even give their names) the Attorney General immediately swooped into action to put the full force of his office into action of behalf of this smear. This stuff can really make you mad. But, the good news is that the people are winning out there and the liberals are losing. And we must keep it that way.

Bills: It's that time again when we legislators introduce bills for the next year. Over the next couple of weeks I will let you know what I am introducing this year. Things will be very different now that Arnold Schwarzenegger occupies the corner office and not Gray Davis. But Democrats still control the legislature, so passing bills will still be an uphill battle for any Republican. Five of the "new" bills I will introduce this year are not creating any new laws. They will repeal laws that are currently on the books. Some of these laws were passed as recently as last fall in the final days of the Davis administration. Here are those 5 bills:

AB 2181 - Repeal last year's SB 796 which created the so-called "bounty hunter" law where employers can be sued for any variance from the many-inch thick labor code no matter how technical the variation and even if no one was harmed. This law sets a specific damage amount and allows attorneys to take 25% of it. I am carrying the repeal of this bill on behalf of Governor Schwarzenegger.

AB 2124 - Repeals the so-called "sweatshop labor" bill which defines "sweatshop labor" to be anything that is nonunion and/or doesn't offer domestic partnership benefits, amongst other ridiculous provisions. Almost everyone reading this works in or runs a "sweatshop" under this definition.

AB 2195 - Repeal of a bill which raised worker's compensation rates for temporary employment agencies by requiring them to pay based on the rating of the place they are located rather than the employment agency which employs them. This law has been a major factor in the financial difficulties being faced by this entire industry.

AB 2034 - Repeal of a bill which required supervisory and other nonunion employees to join the union or pay union dues if the people they supervise are in a union. This was a blatant bill to get more money into union coffers to spend in more elections.

AB 2221 - This bill requires contracts to be printed in up to 5 foreign languages if employees speak with customers in any of those languages. So, managers, financial institutions, attorneys, etc., will now be unable to read any of these contracts.

More bills next week.



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