Top 10 Stupidest New Laws in California for 2017
29 Dec 2016
I’m not in the habit of complaining at the outset of a column,
but I’ve taken on a nearly impossible task — figuring out which,
of the hundreds of new California laws about to go into effect,
are the stupidest.
Don’t laugh. I’m serious.
It’s really, really hard to keep the list at 10 with hundreds of
hare-brained schemes that became real laws.
After all, for far too long, the California legislature has been
a “conservative-free zone” — even though there were a handful of
“Republicans” occupying seats and taking up space.
I’m going to list the new laws in order of their egregiousness
to me, but I’m open to additions or wholesale re-ordering if you
care to comment.
Given that Californians are facing 898 new laws going into
effect on January 1st, 2017, there’s plenty to hate.
Prop. 63: “2nd Amendment
Although various portions go into effect in various years —
yes, they staggered implementation of this “critically
needed reform,” some out to 2019 — this is the most sweeping
assault on our long-cherished, God-given natural right as
Americans to protect our lives and our freedom. It requires
you to pass a background check and pay for a permit to buy
ammunition for the gun you may have just passed a background
check to buy. Yeah, that’ll stop criminals — who buy their
guns and ammo in parking lots from other criminals. WooHoo!
Next, it makes high-capacity magazine (any magazine that
holds more than 10 rounds) illegal to possess — even if you
bought it prior to the current ban and ownership was
previously considered grandfathered. This law should make
it clear that the goal of the left is not “safety” — it’s
SB880: “Bullet Button Ban.” For
years, California Democrats have sought to ban a made-up
classification of semi-auto rifles with “evil features” that
they re-named “assault weapons” for propaganda purposes.
Every year, California Democrats attempt to increase control
over this “hated group” of guns — until they finally
outright ban all semi-automatics. This law will not do a
single thing to further public safety, as the San Bernardino
terrorist attack illustrated — determined mass murderers
will simply ignore and work around all gun control laws — as
if they are just words on paper. One last bit of irony: in a
previous legislative session, this same bill was sponsored
by none other than disgraced State Senator Leland Yee. If
that name sounds familiar, you’re right. Leland Yee wanted
to “protect” Californians from “assault weapons” on our
streets — that is, until he was arrested for trafficking
fully automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades in
exchange for campaign contributions. He’s currently serving
a five-year prison sentence.
SB3: Minimum Wage Hike to $15/hour by 2020.
As a result of a strong socialist push by unions and
complicit governments — such as the union-controlled
California legislature—businesses are looking to eliminate
as many jobs as possible, investing in automation instead.
When you combine this with unchecked illegal immigration —
where you have an unlimited labor pool willing to work for
subpar wages under the table — the future for entry-level
jobs and small business owners in California is bleak.
AB1785 The “Hands Free” Law.
This is another example of government gone wild. AB1785
prescribes driver behavior so severely that in and of
itself, I believe it will cause more accidents — and more
deaths. Not only must the phone be dash mounted — meaning
you’ll have a permanent distraction right in front of you —
but you may not text, take photos or video, or enter GPS
destinations while driving. Fat chance of stopping those
activities with a mere $20 fine. The bill does stipulate
that “the only time a driver is allowed to touch the device
is when he or she is activating or deactivating a “feature
or function.” However, that process should only involve a “single
swipe or tap of the driver’s finger,” according
to the bill,” mynewsla.com reports. How about “hands off”
my phone instead of an unenforceable “hands free” law?
AB 1732: Single-User Restrooms.
If you’ve ever had to go so badly that you used the opposite
sex restroom at a gas station or Starbucks, then perhaps you
think this law is needed. But do we really need another law
regulating bathrooms? Some businesses have already put signs
on their single-use restrooms designating use by either
sex. And sometimes people just take it upon themselves. I
can’t help but think this law is unnecessary and diminishes
us as a society a little.
SB 1383: Controlling Cow Flatulence.
Not making this up. In spite of the fact that 53 California
dairy farmers went bankrupt, moved out of state, or just
closed down this year, the Marxist-Progressives are back at
it again. Capture
cow farts or suffer heavy fines.
CARB (CA Air Resources Board) suggests inserting a tube into
the cow’s digestive system and venting into a backpack.
laws like this, where government tries to control the
uncontrollable, can have undesirable
Lost jobs, lost industries, lost revenue. Stupid law.
AB 857: Ghost Gun Ban.
Even if you manufacture your own gun — starting with an 80%
receiver — that requires you to have special skills and
tools to complete the machining, you must now register it
and obtain a serial number from the California Department of
Justice. The purpose of this law is simply to record your
name and your firearm on a list for eventual confiscation.
Once again, control — not public safety — is the goal.
SB1322: Legalizing Child Prostitution. This
law bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are
under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in
prostitution, or loitering with intent to do so. So teenage
girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex
in exchange for money without fear of arrest or
prosecution. Now that is nuts. I understand the idea of
trying to not punish the victim, but certainly granting
judges discretion is better than legalizing and therefor
“green-lighting” behavior that is so harmful to the
Prop. 57: Early
Release for so-called Non-Violent Criminals. This was
Governor Jerry Brown’s baby — the crown jewel of his prison
reform initiatives. Among those offenses he considers
“non-violent”: rape of an unconscious person; human
trafficking involving sex acts with minors; and assault with
a deadly weapon. Blogger Felicia
Wilson summed it up well (original
emphasis): “…Call me crazy, but shouldn’t a crime that
includes the word rape or assault be
considered, I don’t know… violent?”
AB 2466: Felons
felons serving sentences outside of state prison get to keep
their right to vote. Hmm. Wonder which party this could
possibly help? Just like the “illegal alien
vote,” Democrats will have the felon vote locked down. This
is simply about protecting their power and making it
When California Democrats promised to take to the streets to
defend the rights of convicted felons, illegal aliens and
welfare recipients, they weren’t kidding. If only they were as
serious about cracking down on immigration cheats and violent
criminals as they are about penalizing law-abiding citizens and
gun owners, California would have more jobs, less crime — and
might be a place people want to come to instead of fleeing.
This post has been updated.
Donnelly is a Former California State Assemblyman. FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/tim.donnelly.12/ Twitter: @PatriotNotPol
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