Quantity, not quality, in Calif Assembly

Aug. 30, 2012

Katy Grimes: What do nannies, alcoholic beverages, green jobs, CalEPA, voter registration, absentee voters, manufacturers, online education, the Air Resources Board, and farm workers have in common?

There was legislation about each one of these issues this week in the Assembly.

There is quantity, not quality, coming out of the state Legislature as this session draws to a close.

Most of the bills being shoved through this week will impose more regulations and restrictions on California residents, taxpayers and businesses.

I’ve seen very few good bills this session, as this is a Legislature that measures its worth by the volume of its output, rather than by the quality or necessity of the bills.

Leadership challenges

This last week of the two-year session has been tense, and the majority party leadership has been prickly.

Floor debates have often been contentious, and resulted in stern outbursts from Assembly floor leaders over Republican challenges. Of note have been several reprimands from Speaker John Perez to Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks. Donnelly has been one of several Republicans willing to stand up and debate nearly every bad bill–this is very important because of the many gutted and amended bills now appearing this last week, after failing to be passed earlier in the session.

Majority Floor Leader, Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-City of Industry, has frequently interrupted Donnelly on a point of order, claiming that Donnelly wandered off the bill topic. However, Calderon’s objections appear petty, and are mostly nothing more than opportunities to interrupt Donnelly when he is driving home important points.

Tuesday, Donnelly made a sarcastic crack about the Sacramento Bee, and called it a “Communist newspaper.” Shortly after, Assemblywoman Norma Torres, D-Chino, asked if Assembly leadership would discipline Donnelly for committing slander.

The request by Torres was so absurd, and so out of line, that many of her fellow Democrats rolled their eyes. Several Assembly members, who are also attorneys, shook their heads and said that Donnelly’s comment was not a case of slander.

Stupid, arrogant bills

Then there was the absurd Assembly resolution urging the President of the United States and Congress to enact legislation to restrict the export of American coal for electricity generation, to any nation that fails to adopt the same bad rules and regulations as California has on greenhouse gases emissions. Apparently every nation needs to adopt AB 32, California’s Global Warming Solution Act.

Republican Assemblywoman Shannon Grove noted that the Legislature had recently killed AB 1530, a bill which would have removed sexual predators from public school classrooms. But the bill was called an “overreach” by the California Teachers Association, and was summarily killed. Apparently, predator teachers take precedence over California children, when the CTA is spreading money around.

Grove said that if a bill aimed at protecting children from sexual predators was an overreach, a bill telling other nations that they must enact the same climate change legislation as California was a far greater overreach.

Nanny state

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, authored AB 889 requiring domestic workers  over the age of 18, and working in private households, be paid overtime after eight hours, receive meals and rest periods, and have uninterrupted sleep periods and compensation for interruptions… another a union bill.

Clean up

There have been numerous “clean up bills”–bills that make technical corrections to laws passed by the Legislature, but are not actually possible to implement by the state agencies charged with enacting the new regulations. The Legislature has to do this every session, and massive amounts of time are wasted cleaning up sloppy, unworkable bills which probably shouldn’t have been passed in the first place.

Bills gone with the wind

There is more where all of this came from… after all, tomorrow is another day.


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  1. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 30 August, 2012, 15:30

    It will get better….your grandkids will learn to climb up the cliff!

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  2. us citizen
    us citizen 30 August, 2012, 17:02

    Time to get rid of them!

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  3. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 31 August, 2012, 10:39

    Norma Torres? Norma Torres is a mental patient who has somehow escaped incarceration. Her absurdities are a daily feature in the Assembly.

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  4. Hondo
    Hondo 31 August, 2012, 11:09

    Mitt Romney thanks the dems for running Kalifornia into the ground for he wouldn’t have a chance against Obama. Obama is a tough, dirty Chicago politician who eats broken glass for dinner and spits out nails and wimpy pols like Romney. But even Obama can’t make up for the failure of the (to quote Steve Jobs)democratic Bozo explosion that is the leadership of this state.
    Other dem run states like Colorado are well into recovery and there is no excuse why Kali is such a disaster.
    So next January, when wimpy Mitt raises his right hand, you can thank Norma Torres, Perez, Moonbeam and the rest and don’t complain. Who didn’t see this coming.

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  5. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 31 August, 2012, 11:21

    Posts not going through…must be banned.

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  6. Hondo
    Hondo 31 August, 2012, 11:24

    Steve Jobs, a long time liberal, had lunch with Obama a few years back and laid out plans how to improve America and Kali. He said to improve education in Kali the teachers unions would have to be reigned in. And he went on and on on how all these regulations and taxes made it impossible for Apple to open a plant to build Iphones in Kalifornia. According to sources, Obama had nothing but excuses on how none of these good ideas by Jobs, are possible.
    What Kali needs is more ‘Jobs’.
    Not this ‘Bozo Explosion’ they have now.

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  7. David in Irvine
    David in Irvine 31 August, 2012, 11:57

    I don’t think there enough bills yet- Mark Leno and Ted Lieu need to advocate for something like requiring plastic shopping bags be recycled into condoms that public schools must make available to students to experiment with new lifestyles!

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  8. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 31 August, 2012, 14:09

    I don’t know whether to thank Katy for piquing an interest in CA politics or not…….

    Five minutes ago was watching California Channel’s live broadcast of Assembly proceedings. Remarks were being given in honor of departing Assemblyman Cameron Smythe……

    SF Assemblyman Tom Ammiano rises from his chair and lisps “……is it true you were a tight end….?” (This was not wholly without context; just prior was some lighthearted back-and-forth about Smythe playing basketball)

    But still……was that really necessary?

    Tom Ammiano: singlehandedly setting public perception of gays back 50 years.

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  9. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 31 August, 2012, 14:22

    Jimmy – Ammiano makes outrageous comments like that every day. He could make a sailor blush sometimes. But I have been told that no one will say anything for fear of being called a hater.


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  10. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 31 August, 2012, 15:16

    Katy trot this guy out on CWD ….their are wonderful truth sayers and negative PC attitude adjusters awaiting!

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