Democrats Jeopardize Jobs
passes AB 5 on party-line vote
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in Sacramento____ Senate Democrats passed Assembly
Bill 5 (Gonzalez, D-San Diego), which would enshrine into state law, the
California Supreme Court’s 2018 Dynamex decision, which further
restricts the ability of Californians to work as independent contractors.
“AB 5 fundamentally disrupts the right of millions of
Californians to have independent working relationships with their clients or
employers. It will take away jobs and livelihoods and make it more difficult
for startup businesses with little capital to get off the ground. This is
wrong. By choosing to exempt some industries, but not others, Democratic
legislators and unions are picking winners and losers through a process that
gives the distinct appearance of impropriety and is another indication that
Sacramento Democrats continue to embrace a slide toward socialism.”
Senator Mike Morrell
Senate Republicans previously proposed
legislation Senate Bill #238,
that would have treated all industries equally in applying the law regarding
Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove
(R-Bakersfield) offered that policy as an amendment to Assembly Bill #5
on the Senate Floor, but Democrats voted it down.
Senate Republicans also called out the process of choosing exemptions for
various industries as arbitrary and unfair. They proposed additional amendments
on the Senate Floor for other industries that did not make the cut determined
by Democrats and labor, including
physical therapists, landscape architects, single-truck owner-operators,
franchisors, interpreters, and others. Senate Democrats voted them down.
Additional related Senator
Morrell statements, visit this website at:
AB 5 now returns to
the Assembly for a final vote before it goes to the governor for signature.
California is already unaffordable for too many – a key reason why for 15
consecutive years, more residents have moved out of California than moved into
our state. Higher taxes would only add to this pressure.
“It is not ‘prudent’
if Democrat leaders in Sacramento also tell taxpayers they have no choice but
to foot the bill for their socialistic priorities to increase government
control over our lives.”