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]
Submitting bills to change the status quo...
[John Campbell] 3/1/04
Bills: Last week I highlighted some of the bills I am carrying
this year to repeal bad legislation passed in the last couple
of years. Here are some of the other bills I am carrying this
Holiday Reduction: (AB 2460 ) State employees (including Assemblymembers
and their staff) now get 12 paid holidays every
year. This is in addition to vacation, sick time and "extra
days" like the day after Thanksgiving or the day after Christmas.
Do you get 12 holidays each year? Probably not even close. Most
other states' employees don't have that many either. My bill
would reduce the number to 10. But, rather than eliminate any
specific holiday, it would allow each department of the state
to pick whichever 2 holidays they want to work based on the need
in their area of government. This would conservatively save $20
million per year in overtime not including the increased taxpayer
convenience benefit of having your local DMV office open for
two more days a year.
Reform: (AB 2903 ) One of the biggest budget busters
for California is the overly generous pensions enjoyed by state
workers. Like the holidays mentioned above, you are very unlikely
to have a pension plan that allows you to retire as early as
a state worker with so much of your highest pay. The cost of
these ever escalating pension benefits is one of the huge problems
with the budget in future years as tax receipts cannot keep pace
with these costs. You cannot change someone's pension that they
have already received, but you can alter those not yet in place.
I will be carrying Governor Schwarzenegger's proposal to moderate
these pension benefits for future retirees which will save $4.6
billion over the next 20 years.
Performance Review: (ACA 27) I will also carry the
legislation to implement whatever restructuring of California
government comes out of the Governor's complete review of the
state's 417 departments and agencies and commissions to eliminate
waste and duplication and to streamline bureaucracy and save
money. This review will be conducted over a period of 6 months
by over 150 people.
Bill of Rights: (AB 2421 ) This bill would prohibit
the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) from releasing or threatening to
release a taxpayer's personal or financial information to the
public. The FTB has had many cases of taxpayer abuse in the last
few years that make the IRS look customer friendly. These abuses
must be curbed.
I am also carrying bills related to reforming the personal property
tax depreciation schedule, laying the foundation for increased
use of clean burning hydrogen in energy production, putting a
check on the Public Utilities Commission so they cannot overstep
their powers as they did during the Davis administration, eliminating
the privacy invading requirement to file your tax returns online,
reforming the tort system relative to multiple lawsuits for the
same Proposition 65 violation, and some technical bills having
to do with dissenters rights, apportionment of business income,
If you want
more information on any of these bills, just send me an e-mail.
No rest for
the weary you say? I suppose. But with each passing day the
state wastes more money, invades more people's privacy,
over regulates some business out of state and pollutes more air.
We need to at least try to move forward on all of these fronts.