Calling the state legislatures current session in Sacramento “over-the-top with noxious legislation,” Orange County-produced The FlashReport this month published a list of the “Top 20” proposed new state laws conservatives view contemptuously.
The list is the work of state Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) and assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore), both known in their political circles as hardcore budget watchdogs over the plans of the Democratic Party majority, which controls both houses of the legislature as well as the governor’s mansion.
For example, hoping for Gov. Jerry Brown’s extensive use of his veto powers, Moorlach and Melendez lambast the following pending bills:
–Exempting the troubled and wild spending California High-Speed Rail Authority from thorough financial audits;
–Fining already poorly-paid restaurant employees for giving customers plastic straws unless requested;
–Raising the age to legally purchase handguns from 18 to 21 while the draft age for military combat service remains 18;
–Banning smokeless e-cigarettes smoking at all parks, public campgrounds, state beaches, monuments and historical markers; and
–Requiring gender-based quotas on board of directors for private California corporations, including a statutory-mandated 2021 benchmark of hiring at least three female directors if a company has slots for six directors.
You can see the rest of the list at Jon Fleischman’s FlashReport site.
R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.