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]
Bills, Strange Bills Crazy Bills
The song remains the same...
[John Campbell] 9/15/04
the 4 years that I have been writing this laptop report, I
have reported to you
about many "bad bills." Last spring, Governor Schwarzenegger
coined the term "strange bills" while suggesting that
a part time legislature might rid us of such things.
But some bills are just plain nuts. Here are a few that fall
into that category from the just-ended session of the legislature.
AB 2684 (Lieber-D): Under current law, charitable organizations
(501(c)(3),s) that provide job training services are required
to verify an individual's legal status prior to providing them
job training. If they don't do it, they can lose their tax-exempt
status. This makes sense since we would not want taxpayer subsidies
going to train non-citizens or non-residents who, according to
federal law, cannot legally obtain employment in this country.
This bill would repeal that requirement. That effectively means
that your taxes will subsidize job training for illegal aliens
who cannot legally obtain a job after we have paid to train them.
So, we are allowing tax deductions to train workers for jobs
they cannot have? This is not just waste, this is direct and
intentional abuse of taxpayer funds and it is just plain wrong.
SB 1140 (Scott-D):
This bill makes it a criminal offense to keep a handgun where
a person knows or should have known that
a child may have access to it, and it is "in proximity to
ammunition" for that firearm, even if it is unloaded or
in a locked container. So, if a woman living alone keeps a firearm
for protection at night, and there is a chance that a child may
ever be in her home, she will have to keep the ammunition for
that firearm in another room. Therefore, when the burglar comes
in at night, she should get up and ask him to wait while she
goes to another room to get the ammunition for her weapon. If
she were to keep the ammunition near the gun, the burglar (or
anyone else) could then put her in jail for unlawful firearm
storage. Can we agree that we have finally taken these laws way
to far in favor of the criminal and against the law abiding citizen?
AB 2683 (Lieber-D):
Under current law, 30 year old and older cars are exempt from
smog requirements because they are deemed
to be "classic" cars. This bill would remove that current
exemption and make many current and future classics subject to
whatever the current smog requirements are. Now, I hope that
some years from now, our smog requirements on cars will be zero
or near zero-emissions. Classics cannot meet ever escalating
standards. This would relegate most classic cars to the equivalent
of non-running potted plants. Working on further reductions in
smog is something I care deeply about. But classic cars are an
infinitesimally small contributor to smog. The big contributors
are 10-30 year old cars that are not maintained. Those 10-20%
of cars cause 90% of all vehicular pollution. But this bill doesn't
touch those. Instead of "fishing where the fish are" for
smog reduction, this bill fishes where Democrats think it feels
good, whether you catch any fish or not. And in the meantime,
they will eliminate classic cars from the state that created
the car culture.
AB 2783 (Simitian-D): This bill puts a $2 tax on the recordation
of the sale of a house to pay for a new elder abuse bureaucracy.
So, homebuyers are at fault for elder abuse and must pay for
it. Is this twisted logic or what?
To answer your next question, yes all of these bills passed
both houses and are sitting on the Governor's desk for signature
or veto. You see what Sacramento Democrats do when they have
been in power for so long that they are bankrupt of any ideas
that are meaningful and rational. CRO