By Assemblyman Kevin Kiley – April 7, 2022
The Supermajority’s scheme to turn my gas tax bill into a tax increase was such a debacle they’re destroying the evidence it ever happened. Today the Assembly did something no one had ever seen, passing a motion to “strike” the bill out of existence.
It was an extraordinary attempt at damage control after the most humiliating episode for the Legislature in recent memory. But we’re giving them a chance at redemption: another vote on the gas tax is coming soon.
Meanwhile, the bill to defund police for not enforcing mask mandates was withdrawn by the author for a second straight week. I suspect it’s as good as dead, though he claims he’s bringing it up for real in two weeks. We need to keep up the pressure.
This follows our defeat of AB 1993, the employer mandate. Five other “Vaccine Work Group” bills haven’t even received a hearing. Citing our bill tracker, CalMatters reports “the aggressive slate of COVID vaccine bills seems to be facing an uphill battle.”
Another awful bill, requiring parents to report the guns in their home to school officials, was also defeated last week. But unfortunately, it’s not all good news.
One of the most vile bills ever introduced, AB 2223, has passed its first committee. The legislation could “decriminalize killing newborns days or even weeks after birth.” It will next be heard by the Health Committee, whose members are listed here.
Finally, new math scores show California 8th graders testing at the level of 5th graders. This is what Newsom calls “a model for the nation.” As we know all too well, California is just the opposite: a warning to the nation.