By Assemblyman Kevin Kiley – June 17, 2022
Yesterday, the bill to let 12-year-olds get vaccinated without parental consent was amended to make the age 15. The author was well short of the needed votes.
He still appears to be short. The amendments were only adopted by a vote of 33-21; for the bill itself to pass, 41 votes are needed. I am again calling for SB 866 to be withdrawn.
Meanwhile, the Legislature passed a $300 billion budget that does nothing about gas prices. I don’t know which is worse: that we’re at $5 nationally or that in California this seems like a bargain.
There are two weeks until the Legislature recesses for July. We are back in August, and then adjourn for the rest of the year. That means we’ll only be in session six more weeks in 2022 – my final six weeks at the State Capitol.
For these final weeks, my priorities include stopping SB 866 and the remaining “Vaccine Work Group” bills, passing my legislation to eliminate the Top 2 Primary, and finally enacting a suspension of the gas tax.
In addition, my proposal for a statewide audit of all homelessness spending – to end the homeless industrial complex – should be heard on June 27. The last time I proposed this Newsom intervened to kill the audit by a single vote.
At the same time, we are gearing up for the general election. The Democrats are eyeing this seat as a chance to stop us from taking the Majority, so Pelosi can stay Speaker. For the sake of our country, we cannot let that happen.