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How powerful lawmakers are killing California bills — by doing nothing

Original post made on May 7, 2019

A new California Assembly rule gives committee chairs the power to shelve bills simply by not scheduling them for a hearing. Assemblyman Marc Berman says the new tool could be a good thing, if used judiciously.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 6, 2019, 4:10 PM

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Posted by Liberalguns
a resident of Rex Manor
on May 7, 2019 at 2:50 pm

I think Henry David Thoreau would love to see this practice continued, given the heavy-handed one-sided party power we have had in California for several decades now. As would I.

Thoreau wrote:

"I heartily accept the motto, — “That government is best which governs least”...

Understood as a central consolidated power, managing and directing the various general interests of the society, all government is evil, and the parent of evil.
...
A strong and active democratic government, in the common sense of the term, is an evil, differing only in degree and mode of operation, and not in nature, from a strong despotism.
...
In fact, the whole history of human society and government may be safely appealed to, in evidence that the abuse of such power a thousand fold more than overbalances its beneficial use.

---> Legislation has been the fruitful parent of nine-tenths of all the evil, moral and physical, by which mankind has been afflicted since the creation of the world, and by which human nature has been self-degraded, fettered, and oppressed. <---

Government should have as little as possible to do with the general business and interests of the people. If it once undertake these functions as its rightful province of action, it is impossible to say to it ‘thus far shalt thou go, and no farther.’ It will be impossible to confine it to the public interests of the commonwealth. It will be perpetually tampering with private interests, and sending forth seeds of corruption which will result in the demoralization of the society.

[Read the above again and take a lesson my fellow Californians]

Its domestic action should be confined to the administration of justice, for the protection of the natural equal rights of the citizen and the preservation of social order.
...
Henry David Thoreau 1849

On a side-note, Don't you just wish people still knew how to write like that?


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Posted by SB 50 would destroy cities
a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Which committee chairs in the Assembly could block SB 50 after its approval by the state senate?


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Posted by YIMBY
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 8, 2019 at 2:37 am

@SB 50 would destroy cities

*rolleyes*


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