There are currently 600 bills on the desk of California governor Jerry Brown waiting to be signed. Yes, you read that right- 600 bills. In a state gridlocked with overregulation and arbitrary laws, the legislature has decided what is needed the most is more regulation! This should hardly be a surprise to anyone who is at all familair with life in California-stan. Legislators in California are the highest paid in the nation, receiveing over $113,000 in taxpayer money per year. Add to that a per diem of $162/day for every day the legislature is in session and it doesn’t offer much incentive for lawmakers to get vital state business finished quickly and go home. A Senator in California-stan can earn up to an extra $40,000/year (on top of their salary) simply for showing up to a job they already get paid to do and signing in, as long as the legislature is officially in session. That works out to over $19,000/day taxpayers are giving away to lawmakers just to sit and make laws (which, again they already get paid to do). Many representatives also keep a second residence in the capital of Sacramento, apart from their families in other parts of the state. They are not engaged in the day to day responsiblities of running their own households, and thus have nothing better to do than collect money to devise new ways to meddle in the day to day activities of the taxpayers. With an abundance of time and money on their hands, and the opportunity to attach their name to a bill or law, California legislators piled 600 new bills onto the backs of their constituents. Here are just a few examples of the "necessary" bills waiting to be signed by Governor Brown.
AB 1319-Ban the chemical BPA bisphenol A from baby bottles, sippy cups and other food and beverage containers intended for children ages 3 and younger.
AB 746-Prohibit children under 18 years old from using tanning beds.
AB 353- restricts local police from impounding cars at sobriety checkpoints solely because a driver is unlicensed.
AB 101-Allow unions to organize child-care providers who work out of the home and handle subsidized clients. (dubbed the Babysitter Bill)
SB 292 and AB 900-would provide for an expedited judicial review of environmental challenges to a proposed NFL football stadium in downtown Los Angeles. AB 900 extends the same break to large projects involving clean energy generation or downtown stadiums that get environmental certification. (update: Brown signed this bill into law last week)
AB 6 – Among other things, remove the requirement that food stamp recipients be fingerprinted.