Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after Assembly Bill 1250 (Jones Sawyer) failed to pass at the end of this year's legislative session. There were discussions that the Legislature would vote on the bill Friday night. Instead the bill may be considered again next year.
AB 1250 is a special interest bill sponsored by two of the most powerful public employee unions in California under the guise of "transparency and accountability" to increase their membership rolls. The measure would make it extremely difficult for county governments to partner with the non-profit and private sectors to provide essential services at a lower cost for vulnerable members of the community.
"AB 1250 is such a bad bill that it created a rainbow coalition of nonprofits and newspaper editorial boards that Sacramento Democrats found hard to ignore. It's a shame that the measure was a political power play destined to hurt children, senior citizens, and residents with disabilities who rely on essential services from nonprofits and counties.
"Senate Republicans were proud to stand with the diverse coalition of opposition to stop AB 1250 and we will continue to resist any attempt by Sacramento Democrats to pass this bill next year. I hope AB 1250 will never make it to the governor's desk," said Senate Republican Leader Bates.
Various editorial boards from the San Jose Mercury News to the San Diego Union-Tribune have expressed their concerns with AB 1250. The editorial board of the Fresno Bee stated that "California Democrats cook up one of their worst legislative turkeys ever" while the Orange County Register described AB 1250 as a "... self-serving bill..."
Senate Republicans created a webpage to inform the public about AB 1250, which can be accessed here.