SB 1251 was heard by the Senate Public Employer and Retirement Committee (PER) Monday afternoon (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Upcoming SB 1251 Hearings — April 9, 2016 april 9, 2016 john moorlach). As anticipated, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), California Teachers Association (CTA), Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG), and California Professional Firefighters (CPF) testified against it. Politico provided the piece below Monday morning in anticipation of the hearing.
The vote was 2 in support and 3 opposed, going down party lines. A vote to reconsider was unanimously approved. But, with the bill quadruple referred, even if it gets out of PER, there are three more committees to go through before the deadline. Now I have to fight a tight calendar. Therefore, I will make some recommended changes, try my best to get a third vote in PER, and restart my efforts to move it forward.
This morning, the Senate Governmental Organization Committee voted down SB 1140, also along party lines, declaring that there are no regulatory problems that the Legislature should oversee. Here are selected segments of my presentation of the bill:
“It’s extremely simple.
“The bill is only twelve lines.
“If the Legislature passes a bill that requires the promulgation of regulations, then those new rules should sunset in two years. They will continue if the Legislature approves them.
“We need to restore checks and balances.”
Are you really happy with the regulatory environment here in California? We’re trying to improve things for businesses and for the stakeholders in California. You win some, you lose some.
Carla Marinucci’s must-read briefing on politics and
government in the Golden State
OUR CONVERSATION WITH …State Senator John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, whose proposed legislation — SB 1251, the California Financial Transparency Act — comes up Monday before the Public Employee Retirement Committee, the first of four committee hearings. His stated goal: to provide voters “with a simplified summary of California financial data, compiled and certified by a non-partisan state office, and printed in the front pages of the official California Voter Information Pamphlet.”
— But Moorlach reports plenty of opposition — from organized labor. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the California School Employees Association complained that Moorlach’s effort “add confusion to voters,’’ arguing they’re already provided sufficient information from the Legislative Analyst’s’ office. California Firefighters were even stronger, saying that the proposed bill doesn’t demand equal transparency for corporate tax loopholes, and “seeks to use the legislative process and waste taxpayer dollars to set a bad policy precedent.”
— Moorlach: “It kind of reminds me of that old phrase –– “Don’t confuse me with the facts. How many people go to state’s website, or the Controller’s, and read the comprehensive financial reports? It’s MEGO — my eyes glaze over,’’ he said. “All we’re trying to do is give voters simple information. If you’re going to vote in November on a $9 billion bond, wouldn’t you like to know we have over $82 billion in debt already?….it’s about “how are you going to pay for that? And “where does the money come from?” Stay tuned.
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