San Diego – Now the truth is I could not properly list all of the reasons in a single post but a couple have just come to hand dealing with how our oh-so-progressive State Legislature works in the land of the liberal dream.
There was a Bill put forth that set down criteria for Community College Credits to be transferable to the 4-year colleges. A good thing in my opinion. it went through all of the deliberative process with Committee oversight and analysis, all giving the green light to the Bill. But at the last moment, the bill was gutted and amended to become a Bill dealing with approval to build a new football stadium in LA. Because the Bill had already passed scrutiny it did not have to go through the approval process again simply because it was now a completely different topic and purpose. it even kept the old name to further confuse things.
Because the sponsors knew what was supposed to be in it and did not take the time to re-read it they all voted for its passage.
So what DOES make it through the legislature pretty much in tact? The Babysitter Bill. And how does that work, you asked? I’ll be glad to tell you. imagine this scenario…
You’re all gussied up—hairspray, earrings, stilettos, ready for a romantic night out with just you and your honey. The doorbell rings: it’s the babysitter and you are ready for her. You’ve got your emergency phone numbers ready, first aid kit handy, even a frozen pizza on the counter to make sure no one goes hungry.
Ha, not so fast… under this new Bill, as you open the door, the babysitter hands you a form. It’s her service agreement. It requires you to provide minimum wage, workers’ comp insurance, a timecard, a paycheck and overtime pay, just in case your dinner and a movie lasts longer than 8 hours. Also, she’s brought a friend to cover her dinner break and rest. And of course over the course of a year you will have crossed the line to where her compensation is now taxable and you will need to be like any good employer in dealing with that.
No, this is not a hallucination brought on by all the newly legal pot, this is a bill, AB 889 to be precise, now pending in the California State Senate, also known as “the Babysitter’s Bill.