September 11, 2012 3:25 PM
LYNNEA LOMBARDO, Staff Writer
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly is urging voters to speak out against what he regards as the worst bills of 2012.
His blog, The Donnelly Dispatch, lists 10 of the 550 new state Senate and Assembly bills that were passed by legislature into law during the last five days of session, which Gov. Jerry Brown has the power to veto until Sept. 30.
“I encourage each of you to join with the thousands of other Californians who are demanding the Governor to veto these awful bills,” Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, wrote. “Although a secure voting system is critical to the preservation of a free republic, our election process was severely compromised. It is baffling how far the Legislature can go in one week. Now, it is up to us to undo the damage.”
Donnelly’s top 10 worst bills of 2012 include:
• AB 1081 — Prohibits law enforcement officials from detaining a person on immigration holds after the individual becomes eligible for release from criminal custody.
• AB 2189 — Allows individuals who are not eligible for social security accounts to obtain original driver’s licenses by presenting proof of authorization for their presence in the United States.
• SB 901 — Requires that individuals who have filed state income tax returns but are ineligible for social security accounts not be apprehended, detained or removed, and that their information remain private.
• AB 1532 — Creates a Greenhouse Gas Reduction account and requires that these funds to be used for specific purposes.
• AB 1527 — Prohibits carrying an unloaded firearm that is not a handgun outside of a motor vehicle, and provides exceptions security guards, honorably retired peace officers and licensed hunters.
• AB 1436 — Allows individuals to register to vote within 15 days of an election or on Election Day and cast a provisional ballot, pending registration approval.
• AB 216 — Disallows election officials to cancel voter registration of registered individuals who do not offer to vote within a specified period.
• AB 2109 — Requires parents, who do not wish to have their children vaccinated to enroll in school, to submit a signed letter from a health care practitioner, stating that the parent was provided with information the costs and benefits of immunizations.
• SB 1221 — Prohibits the use of dogs to hunt bears and bobcats, except by the law enforcement officers carrying out official duties.
• AB 1492 — Establishes the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration fund in State Treasury, and limits damages that a public agency can recover for injuries to timber by a fire.
“While the Legislature is intended to be a deliberative body, openly vetting potential laws, the last week showed that some (people) in the Legislature think it is more important to pass bills than to evaluate them in a public forum,” Donnelly wrote. Donnelly urged his readers to call Governor Brown at (916) 445-2841.
— Intern Katie Vinton contributed to this story.
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