Feb. 27 Floor Vote on Suspension of AB 5 Announced by Assemblyman Kevin Kiley

This is an important vote.  Musicians are losing their jobs, nurses and journalists are losing their jobs.  AB 5 is trying to kill 80,000 jobs for independent trucks and tens of thousands of ride share drivers.  The economic disaster is massive.

On February 27 there will be a vote on the floor of the Assembly to “suspend” AB 5.   If this passes, the Democrats will have to re-do the legislation or put it on hold until all those who lose their income and the communities that need and want their services can find a legitimate avenue.  In reality, this was written by the unions, for the unions and meant to force workers to pay bribes (dues) if they wanted to work.

I urge you to contact your Assembly member—even the Democrats, asking them to vote YES on suspension.  This is very important.

Feb. 27 Floor Vote on Suspension of  AB 5 Announced by Assemblyman Kevin Kiley
Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, 2/18/20     
SACRAMENTO – On February 27, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) will initiate a Floor Vote on Assembly Bill 1928, an urgency measure to suspend AB 5 while corrective legislation is under consideration.   “AB 5 is destroying lives every day,” Kiley said. “We cannot wait any longer to stop the bleeding.”    Kiley’s motion to bring the bill to the floor for an immediate vote will give the Assembly the opportunity to decide whether AB 5 should continue to be enforced for the rest of this year while its problems are being addressed.    Those problems are universally recognized. The author of AB 5, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, has apologized for the law’s destructive effects and proposed substantial changes. Passing AB 1928 would suspend AB 5’s enforcement and restore the prior legal standard while those changes are worked out.   “With even the author of AB 5 recognizing the law is destroying lives, its immediate suspension is a no-brainer,” Kiley said. “What’s the argument for continuing to enforce a law that everyone agrees has big problems?”     Assemblywoman Gonzalez’s corrective legislation, AB 1850, is not the only bill addressing the harm caused by AB 5. Over the next several months, the Legislature will consider at least 30 bills changing or removing aspects of the law, including a root-and-branch overhaul by Democrat Senator Cathleen Galgiani.   Urgency measures like AB 1928 take effect immediately and are customarily given expedited consideration. An expedited vote is especially appropriate here given that:   the bill would simply restore the prior state of the law from less than two years ago; the issues presented have already been extensively considered in both Assembly and Senate policy committees; a suspension would function as a stopgap measure as legislators try to craft a more workable law through the committee process.     Kiley made this promise to legislators who backed AB 5 but now see the havoc it is wrecking: “Work with me to end this scourge on our populace, and I will work with you on bipartisan legislation to address genuine cases of worker misclassification.”   The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office has estimated that AB 5 affects 1 million Californians. For a sampling of these effects, see the book of AB Stories compiled by Assemblyman Kiley in January. On January 28, a Rally to Repeal AB 5 drew to the State Capitol between 300 and 350 people, as estimated by independent press reports.   Assemblyman Kevin Kiley represents the 6th Assembly District, which includes the Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado County communities of Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Loomis, Orangevale, Penryn, Rocklin, Roseville, and Sheridan.
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  1. showandtell says

    Just now wrote to both of my state reps (Democrats) asking them to PLEASE vote YES to suspend AB 5 on February 27. Will give their offices a call later. Do this everybody, it will make a difference, even if your reps are Dems. AB 5 has killed people’s livelihoods regardless of whether they are Democrat or Repub or Green or….

  2. showandtell says

    Whoops, too impulsive this morning! I actually only needed to contact my Assembly rep because he is the one who will vote. But it can’t hurt to have weighed in with the other one. 🙂

  3. Have you noticed the Democrats are running as fast as they can from their Dictatorial Socialist law?

    The author of the bill say it needs to be modified. Modified???? If it was good it would be applicable across the board.

    They want o modify it so they can come back later and increase it not get rid of it.

  4. Seems that AB 1928 (Kiley) simply suspends the provisions of AB 5 for now, and AB 1850 (Gonzalez) seems to just rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. Yes, modification could mean an even more egregious law (say a law that forces business to keep the formerly independent contractors as employees). So, maybe nothing short of repealing AB 5 and reversing Dynamex in the courts will work.

  5. David Daniels says

    AB 5 is a political disaster. Upcoming primary election and Nov. General elections are at stake. It will be suspended. Pending anti-prop 5 petition will kill it in Nov. if they don’t before. A million jobs are on the line, many will be congessional positions. The unions way over stepped!

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