Is Ted Lieu the state’s Ultimate Nanny?

Sept. 4, 2012

By Steven Greenhut

If you want to understand just about everything that’s wrong with Sacramento, you need only peruse a press release recently sent out by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance. Lieu is proud of his laundry list of bills that meddle into myriad areas of private life. Lieu, who when he was running for attorney general groveled before the police unions, apparently is busy criminalizing every sort of behavior and expanding the power of the state. Most of the issues he deals with are small ones, but they mostly involve the personal choices made between willing buyers and willing sellers. He epitomizes Sacramento because in the state Capitol, most legislators recognize no limits on the power of the state. Sure, many people believe that the psychological program to turn gays into straights is quackery, but a petty totalitarian such as Lieu wants to use state power to ban it — and other things he simply doesn’t like.

I would refer to Lieu, who seems to be a rather nice guy, as the Ultimate Nanny, but his bills reflect the sense of the Legislature. All of the ones below have been approved and sent to the governor. Not all of them are bad. I agree with adding oversight to the state National Guard, which is mired in corruption scandals. But most of the bills oversee private activity.

Ironically, his final item commemorates the signing of the Constitution. Nice, but why is he spending his career shredding it?

Legislature approves 17 bills by Sen. Ted W. Lieu

Lieu measures to protect children, consumers, jobs and students now rest with Gov. Brown

SACRAMENTO – Protecting children from psychological abuse, cutting interest rates by predatory used-car dealers, creating jobs, ensuring animal safety, helping victims receive restitution and saving taxpayers money are among the goals of the proposed laws by Sen. Ted W. Lieu now heading to the governor’s desk.

“No one deserves a break more than California’s children, consumers and workers,” Lieu, D-Torrance, said about his legislative accomplishments for 2012 approved by today’s end-of-session deadline. “We have worked hard to provide residents statewide with tangible improvements to our quality of life.”

Gov. Brown has until Sept. 30 to act on 15 Lieu bills now on his desk; two additional measures took effect immediately because they did not require gubernatorial action.

The bills facing Brown’s endorsement or veto include:

·        Senate Bill 336 – Emergency Room Crowding

Hospital emergency-room patients would receive better medical care under a doctor-supported plan to reduce crowding through better planning.

·        SB 661 – Funeral Protests

This measure seeks greater protections for grieving families from disruptive protests by balancing the constitutionally protected right of free speech with limited restrictions on the time, place and manner in which protests at funerals can be held to protect the grieving families’ right to privacy.

·        SB 921 – National Guard Inspector General

In response to repeated financial abuses by the California National Guard, this bill by Lieu, a former Air Force prosecutor who remains in the military reserves, would protect against fraud and abuse and help restore confidence to the Guard by creating a California Military Whistleblower Protection Act for service members on state active duty.

·        SB 956 – Buy Here Pay Here

This consumer-protection bill would enact milestone protections for used-car outlets by cracking down on predatory ‘buy here, pay here’ dealers where interest rates can be as high as 30 percent. In its place would be a lowest-in-the-nation interest cap of 17 percent (plus a minimal variable federal funds rate that currently is .25 percent.) SB 956 has been endorsed by The Los Angeles Times and The Sacramento Bee.

·        SB 1055 – Rental Payment Flexibility

In response to complaints from residents that more and more landlords are requiring rental payments be made only online, this measure would ensure landlords also accept other forms of payment that are neither cash nor an electronic transfer of funds.

·        SB 1058 – Victims of Corporate Fraud

Since 2002, California’s fraud-compensation fund has raised nearly $15 million to help compensate those who have been taken advantage of or swindled by smooth-talking hustlers. But in the past 10 years, only seven victims have been paid – for a total of $112,000. SB 1055 would help speed up state payments to these victims of corporate fraud.

·        SB 1066 – Climate Change

The consequences of climate change could ultimately cost the state tens of billions of dollars if not addressed. Sponsored by the California Nature Conservancy, SB 1066 would empower the California Coastal Conservancy to address climate change and its impacts as part of its broader mission.

·        SB 1172 – Sexual Orientation Change Therapies

Sen. Lieu’s patient-protection plan would make California the first state in the nation to end the psychological abuse of children through unethical treatments that promise to change a minor’s sexual orientation.

·        SB 1210 – Victim’s Restitution

With the goal of helping the recovery of those hurt most by crime, this proposal would provide county law enforcement officials the authority to collect restitution from offenders to help the victims of their crimes receive financial restitution.

·        SB 1221 – Hounding of Bears and Bobcats

Endorsed by The Los Angeles Times, The San Jose Mercury News, The Ventura Sun-Star and others, this animal-protection effort would ban hunters from using packs of dogs to pursue bears and bobcats.

·        SB 1402 – Workforce Development

Labeled a ‘job creator’ by the California Chamber of Commerce, this would improve and extend the Economic and Workforce Development Program at California Community Colleges to help create a workforce that meets the ongoing and future needs of employers.

·        SB 1500 – Animal Cruelty

Neglected or injured animals would no longer be returned to abusive owners under this animal-protection measure sponsored by the Los Angeles District Attorney.

The two Lieu measures approved by lawmakers not requiring the governor’s signature to be chaptered into law are:

·        Senate Concurrent Resolution 79 – Jenny Oropeza Memorial Highway

This measure names a bridge over Pacific Coast Highway in Wilmington, at zero cost to the state, to the memory of his predecessor, the late-Sen. Jenny Oropeza of Long Beach.

·        SCR 98 – 225th Anniversary of the U.S. Constitution

This measure celebrates Sept. 17, 2012 as the 225th anniversary of the original signing of the U.S. Constitution.


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  1. Charles Nichols
    Charles Nichols 2 September, 2012, 20:29

    I would like to point out that Ted Lieu was elected in a special election in which hardly anyone voted. It would take just over 11,000 valid signatures to force him into a recall election.

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  2. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 2 September, 2012, 22:23

    Im behind SB-1500 10,000,000 %

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    • Animal Lover
      Animal Lover 2 February, 2015, 07:54

      Be careful what you wish for. This could most easily backfire and keep you from your home. WHO determines if the dog is injured – or if it became injured at the hands of the owner? This is theft – under guise of law, something California lawmakers are doing routinely!!

      Remember – the devil is in the details!

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  3. Freedom Lover
    Freedom Lover 3 September, 2012, 00:11

    Hey Rex –
    !a best read ole Lieu’s SB-1500. There are a bunch of gotcha’s in there – that you and your owner might not like! It is one more step towards the government telling you what to feed your dog, when to take him out, how long he’s allowed to have exercise, etc. The laws aren’t THAT protective on kids. Ya got a good owner – ya best make sure you don’t do ANYTHING that Lieu can take you away from your owner for.

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  4. Dannielle
    Dannielle 3 September, 2012, 14:45

    you realize, “rex” that Sb-1500 completely removed due process protection, a Constitutionally guaranteed right?
    already, any person claiming to be representing a “humane” group has narly unlimited, compltely unsuperised pwoer to interfere with your ownership rights. like the guy running around the gilroy area in a truck painted up to look like local police. his background? meteorology. yet he’s out there “investigating” people and properties for things he believes are abuse or neglect. if your animals are taken, there’s no court hearing- you *might get a hearing in front of a county animal control office representative but not a court of law. also it clearly states that the automatic presumption on the owner is guilt, and they must “by a preponderance of evidence” prove that they are not guilty. again, a little thing we call the Constitution says otherwise. then, based on little more than the word of a group who intends to sell your animal off for tax free bucks later, you not only lose your pets for life, you get hit with a bill- meaning they can also then go after your car, your home, anything they want to satisfy the lien. selling off seized animals has become a huge booming business for certain groups, who hit owners with fees for care due before any charges are even filed, and the threat of the loss of their homes if they cannot pay. these groups then sell off the animals, you know- the ones in such desperate need they had to be immediately rescued but are available for adoption the very next day- and you’re stuck with the bill, potential legal charges, loss of evidence (bc the animals are long gone)…this is OK with you?
    no one supports animal abuse, yet these laws get passed by well meaning people who think that failure to give their wholehearted support to these bills paints them as supporting animal abuse.
    issues like this are why I moved out of CA two years ago and will never return.

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  5. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 3 September, 2012, 15:02

    Thanks FL. will read sb 1500 more closely…….

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  6. Donkey
    Donkey 3 September, 2012, 17:37

    This made me laugh: “SB 1058 – Victims of Corporate Fraud”

    Not only because very few “victims” are being compensated, but the irony of our state government accusing the private sector corporations of any kind of fraud. Calwatch has story after story of the fraud put upon the taxpayers by RAGWUS feeder after RAGWUS feeder. If I was not a rational thinker I would have a much darker demeanor. 🙂

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  7. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 3 September, 2012, 21:16

    The best was Ted Lieu’s response via Twitter: “@CalWatchdog There are willing sellers of alcohol & tobacco, and willing buyers who are children. But thank goodness government intervenes.”

    Ahhhh. thank goodness for the government, and thank goodness for Nanny Lieu.


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  8. Donkey
    Donkey 4 September, 2012, 08:25

    Katy, you are one sharp cookie! It is clear to me that those that wish to impose control on the individuals daily life are for the most part Libs on a mission, but the right also seeks control, although to a lesser extent. In the end it all leads to a loss of freedom. 🙂

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  9. David in Irvine
    David in Irvine 4 September, 2012, 12:02

    I don’t claim to be clairvoyant, but in a comment I left on Aug. 31 to one of Katy Grimes’ posts (Quantity not Quality) I anticipated this post, at least tongue in cheek!

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  10. Matt
    Matt 17 September, 2012, 11:09

    Senator Lieu is a picture of what is wrong with the state politicians. Ted is mandating his own personal likes and dislikes on the states voters. Ted Lieu has sold his vote to the Humane Society and oddly enough one week he is saying how shark fin soup is O.K. and that we are being discriminating by trying to outlaw this practice and the next he is trying to shut down all hunting with dogs. Ted Lieu has no Knowledge of hunting with dogs and what is involved with the practice yet he stands up and says lies such as ” Montana Banned the use of dogs because it was inhumane and he wants California to be as Humane as Montana was in 1927″. You will not hear him say that statement anymore because it is untrue and the reason it was banned in Montana was because of the fact that there are Grizzly bears in Montana. Montana still uses hounds to hunt lion,Bobcat,coons, foxes etc. The fact that Ted Lieu introduces these bills without doing any research as to what the facts are and lies to the public to push his personal agenda is disturbing.The facts about SB1221 are that the control of predators in our state is now going to cost the tax payers money when we were getting it done for free. Senator Lieu needs to focus on fiscal issues instead of taking Californians rights.

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