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Legislative Report

September 2023

 

POLITICAL NEWS & LINKS

 

  • The California Assembly proudly announced that August will be Transgender History Month, when we will celebrate all of the historical advances and significance of Transgenders.

  • The California State Legislature Session began on December 5, 022 and ended September 14, 2023. Democrats have Veto-proof Super-majorities in both houses and hold governor office. California Democratic Trifecta control has been in position since 2011. In 2022, the State Senate picked up 2 Seats from the Republicans and picked up 3 Seats in the Assembly.

  • The Republican Party in each county, as well as the State Republican Party’s function is to “Get Out the Vote,” enlist candidates and provide voter guides. I’ve been told that it is NOT their function to financially support candidates. It is up to the candidates to fundraise. What’s the best use of our donations?  Directly donate to candidates that we support.

  • The California Attorney General, Rob Bonta, puts out a weekly newsletter to inadvertently, remind us every week how insane California has become. Bonta has made national news by suing the Chino School District. The School Board had voted to notify parents within 3 days if a child comes to school and presents themselves as a gender that differentiates from their birth gender (or a name that differentiates from their birth name). Bonta states that “Whether we’re fighting to stop forced outing policies in schools, upholding every student’s right to education, or defending inclusive curricula, I’m committed to using every tool in our toolbox to ensure transgender and gender non-conforming youth are protected, their rights are safeguarded, and they have access to all the resources to which they are entitled..  Did you know you can trust school officials and government far more than your family? I love seeing libs of tik tok videos on some of these trusted teachers. Excellent article on this specific subject by Chris Bray, https://chrisbray.substack.com/p/jacobin-california-meets-its-resistance?

  • “Our message is clear: we will not let the government take away our right to raise our children according to our values. As parents, we have the ultimate say in our children's upbringing, education, and medical care, and we WILL NOT allow politicians to interfere with those decisions.” (Chris Bray/Substack article)

  • AB 665 - State-Sanctioned Kidnapping Bill  

  • AB 957 - Judges Must Side with Gender Affirming Parents Over Custody

  • AB 1078 - The State Taking Control Over Local School Boards

  • AB 5 - Training Teachers to Profile Non-LGBTQ+ Affirming Parents

All of these bills have passed both houses and await Newsom signature.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

SB 14, as amended, Serious felonies: human trafficking.

Existing law defines the terms term “serious felony” and “violent felony” for various purposes, including, among others, enhancing the punishment for felonies pursuant to existing sentencing provisions commonly known as the Three Strikes Law. This bill would include human trafficking of a minor within the definition of a serious felony for all purposes, including for purposes of the Three Strikes Law. By expanding the scope of an enhancement, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for specified reasons. For some progressive democrats, this seemed a bridge too far – which further highlights the true evil that some of us have elected to the California legislature. 

Passed and Enrolled – Sent to Newsom for Signature

 

AB 886, as amended, California Journalism Preservation Act.

Existing law generally regulates online platforms, including by requiring, on a semiannual basis and as specified, a social media company to submit to the Attorney General a terms of service report that includes, among other things, the current version of the terms of service of the social media platform. This bill would require within 10 days of the close of each quarter, a covered platform, to remit a journalism usage fee payment to each eligible digital journalism provider that submits to the covered platform. This bill would require the notice described above to, among other things, certify, not under penalty of perjury, that the eligible digital journalism provider reasonably believes that it is either an eligible broadcaster or an eligible publisher. The bill would authorize a covered platform, within 30 days of having received the notice to challenge the sufficiency of the notice or the noticing party’s qualifications as an eligible digital journalism provider. The bill would prohibit a covered platform from retaliating against an eligible digital journalism provider for asserting its rights under a placement of the content of the eligible journalism provider on the covered platform. This bill would require an eligible digital journalism provider with 5 or fewer employees to spend at least 50% of funds received pursuant to these provisions on news journalists and support staff employed by the eligible digital journalism provider. This bill, although it seems difficult to understand if not familiar with the workings of digital platforms, would require tech companies like Facebook and Instagram to pay such a fee if they sell advertising with their respective news feeds. It would also require publishers to devote 70% of their funds to create and maintain journalism jobs in the State. – Note:  Signed into law by Governor on September 8.

 

AB 645, Vehicles: speed safety systems pilot program

Existing law establishes a basic speed law that prohibits a person from driving a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than a reasonable or prudent given the weather visibility, traffic, and highway conditions and in no event at a speed that endangers the safety of persons or property. This bill would authorize, until 1/1/32, the Cities of Los Angeles, San Jose, Oakland, Glendale and Long Beach, and the City and County of San Francisco to establish a Speed Safety System Pilot Program if the system meets specified requirements. The bill would require a participating city or city and county to adopt a Speed Safety System Use Policy and a Speed Safety System Impact Report before implementing the program and would require the participating city or city and county to engage in a public information campaign at least 30 days before implementation of the program, including information relating to when the system would begin detecting violation’s and where the systems would be utilized. 

The bill would require a participating city or city and county to issue warning notices rather than noticw3s of violations detected with the first 60 calendar days of the program. Local jurisdictions will run and pay for the pilot programs which will be operated by its departments not law enforcement.  The cost to each local jurisdiction is unknown but would be significant according to the legislative analysis. Passed both houses and sent to Newsom for signature.

AB 968, Single-family residential property: disclosures.

This bill would require a seller of a single-family residential property who accepts an offer for the sale of the single-family residential property within 18 months from the date that title for the single-family residential property was transferred to the seller to disclose to the buyer specified information, including any room additions, structural modifications, other alterations, or repairs made to the property since title to the property was transferred to the seller that were performed by a contractor and the name of each contractor with whom the seller entered into a contract with for the room additions, structural modifications, other alterations, or repairs, as specified.

The bill would alternatively authorize a seller to satisfy these obligations by providing a list of room additions, structural modifications, other alterations, or repairs performed by, and provided by, the contractor with whom the seller contracted for the room additions, structural modifications, other alterations, or repairs. The bill would require the seller to provide a copy of any permit for any room additions, structural modifications, other alterations, or repairs to the buyer or, if the seller contracted with a third party and was not provided with a copy of the permits, by informing the buyer that information on permits may be obtained from a third party and providing the third party’s contact information. The bill would specify that these provisions apply to the sale of a single-family residential property where the seller accepts an offer from a buyer to purchase the property on or after July 1, 2024.

Signed by the governor on 07/21/23 so this is now law.

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom signed the following bills into law on Sept 7, 2023:

  • AB 30 by Assemblymember Christopher Ward (D-San Diego) – Atmospheric rivers: research: reservoir operations.

  • AB 271 by Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) – Homeless death review committees.

  • AB 451 by Assemblymember Lisa Calderon (D-Whittier) – Insurance: license examinations. Currently requires exams in English and Spanish. This expands exams to be available in Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Tagalog.

  • AB 630 by Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-Highland) – Department of Transportation: contracts: tribes.

  • AB 1139 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) – Recognition of tribal court money judgments: tribal sales taxes.

  • AB 1279 by Assemblymember Mike Fong (D-Alhambra) – California Conservation Corps: contracts: community conservation corps.

  • AB 1354 by Assemblymember Mike Fong (D-Alhambra) – Pupil instruction: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This bill would require the commission (unelected) in its recommended history-social science curriculum framework, and accompanying instruction materials , instruction on both (1) historical, social, economic and political contributions of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islander in the U.S. and (2) examples of racism, discrimination , and violence perpetrated against Asian American, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islander in the United States, including, but not limited to, hate crimes committed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • AB 1557 by Assemblymember Heath Flora (R-Modesto) – Pharmacy: electronic prescriptions.

  • AB 1605 by Assemblymember James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) – High schools: military services: United States Space Force.

  • AB 1686 by Assemblymember Tim Grayson (D-Concord) – Ports and harbors: Martinez Marina.

  • AB 1731 by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) – CURES database: buprenorphine.

  • AB 1759 by the Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review – State archives.

  • AB 1761 by the Committee on Elections – Citizens Redistricting Commission: governance.

  • SB 20 by Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) – Joint powers agreements: regional housing trusts. Established a joint powers authority authorizing the creation of the Orange County Housing Finance Trust and the San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust, for the purpose of funding housing to assist the homeless population and persons and families of extremely low, very low, and low income with their respective regions.

  • SB 259 by Senator Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta) – Reports submitted to legislative committees.

  • SB 371 by Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R-Yucaipa) – Undomesticated burros.

  • SB 406 by Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) – California Environmental Quality Act: exemption: financial assistance: residential housing.

  • SB 446 by Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) – Nonprofit and cooperative corporations: ratification or validation of noncompliant corporate actions.

  • SB 457 by Senator Caroline Menjivar (D-San Fernando Valley/Burbank) – Vision care: consent by a minor.

  • SB 630 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) – Contractors State License Board: regulation of contractors.

  • SB 642 by Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) – Hazardous materials: enforcement: county counsel.

  • SB 654 by Senator Brian W. Jones (R-Santee) – Local agencies: public property: airport leases.

  • SB 678 by Senator Thomas Umberg (D-Santa Ana) – Elections: disclosures.

  • SB 699 by Senator Anna Caballero (D-Merced) – Contracts in restraint of trade.

  • SB 756 by Senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) – Water: inspection: administrative procedure: notice: service.

  • SB 885 by the Committee on Labor, Public Employment and Retirement – Public employees’ retirement.

 

For full text of the bills, visit: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.

BITS & PIECES

  • Do you remember grade school Scholastic Book Fairs? So many good books! Scholastic still has book fairs, but now in lockstep with the woke ideology and provides pornography and sexually explicit books to our grade school kids. You can find out more (with examples of the books) at https://bravebooks.us/pages/5-reasons-scholastic-cant-be-trusted-with-your-kids.

  • Do you wonder how this administration and the elites could be so focused on making poor decisions for the American People? A real eye-opening documentary (over 2 hours). “Unsustainable, The UN’s Agenda for World Domination.”

  • The Transparency Foundation (Carl DeMao’s Non-Partisan 501C3 Foundation) has put together a report on California Election Integrity and California Failed (no shocker there). You can find a copy of the report, as well as a video presentation at https://thetransparencyfoundation.org/news/briefing-audit-finds-evidence-of-voter-fraud-in-ca-elections.

  • Adam Schiff & Katie Porter dominate the polls for the California Senate seat to replace Diane Feinstein. It would seem that California Republicans can’t come up with any viable candidates to compete against two of the biggest far-left politicians (and proven liars).  https://capoliticalreview.com/trending/schiff-and-porter-increasingly-dominate-race-for-senate-poll-shows/

  • Victor Davis Hansen has compiled a great list of the “bill of particulars”, indicting the Biden Administration (when reviewing this list and considering the content of the “Unsustainable” Documentary – this is all by design):

  • The Biden administration has utterly destroyed the southern border — and immigration law with it.

  • Biden green lighted 7 million illegal aliens swarming into the U.S. without legal sanction or rudimentary audit.

  • China spies inside and over the U.S. with impunity. Beijing has never admitted to its responsibility for the gain-of-function COVID virus that killed a million Americans.

  • President Joe Biden printed $4 trillion at exactly the wrong time of soaring post-COVID consumer demand and supply shortages. No wonder he birthed the worst inflation in 40 years.

  • In response, interest rates tripled, gas prices doubled.

  • Our military is thousands of recruits short. It lacks sufficient munitions.

  • Following Biden’s humiliating pullout from Afghanistan, vast troves of arms were abandoned in Kabul. Billions more in scarce weapons were sent to Ukraine.

  • The Pentagon’s woke agenda trumps meritocracy in promotions and advancement.

  • Our enemies — Russia, China, Iran, North Korea — are on the move, while the U.S. seems listless.

  • The Biden renegade Department of Justice, CIA and FBI have become weaponized. Ideology, politics, and race — not the law — more often guide their investigations, intelligence operations and enforcement.

  • The downtowns of our once majestic major cities are becoming unlivable.

  • They are mired in refuse and trash, violent crime, and homelessness. Stores and businesses leave. Millions each year flee the blue urban coasts to the red west and south.

  • To even say there are still two biological genders, that global warming may not be entirely manmade or necessarily destroying the planet, or that class, not race, is the proper barometer of inequality is to face ostracism and career cancellation.

  • The public assumes that Biden is severely cognitively challenged, likely corrupt, and a serial fabricator.

 

GET INVOLVED

“IF YOUR TASK AND YOUR PURPOSE IS TO SAVE THIS COUNTRY, THIS COUNTRY WILL BE SAVED” 

– STEVE BANNON

  1. Write Letters and Call your representatives – they do keep a tally. Staying silent is complacency.

  2. Volunteer and/or Donate to organizations that are working on behalf of conservative values:  REFORM CALIFORNIA, THE TRANSPARENCY FOUNDATION, TURNING POINT USA, TRUE THE VOTE, etc.

  3. Volunteer and/or Donate to conservative candidates. Do your research and make sure that the candidates’ values align with yours.

  4. Reach out to friends/family and inform them. Most do not keep up with the political details but do feel the state and country are heading in the wrong direction and do not know why.

  5. Do not stay silent about your convictions. Liberals never do – and always assume you either agree or will stay silent in the face of their anger and ability to cancel any alternative thought.

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