Senate Democrats Spike Sen. Moorlach's Bill to Suspend Jobs-Killer AB 5

“It’s unreasonable”
Thursday, May 14, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Sen. John M. W. Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, released the following statement today after the Democrat supermajority spiked his Senate Bill 990. It would have temporarily suspended Assembly Bill 5, which kills most freelance jobs.

“It’s unreasonable not to suspend AB 5 – a flawed bill that put tens of thousands of Californians out of work,” said Moorlach.  “In the midst of record unemployment, the Legislature should be doing everything in its power to help independent contractors earn a living, not kill livelihoods.”

AB 5 killed thousands of jobs and industries crucial to the Golden State recovering from the coronavirus depression. These jobs include:

  • ride sharing
  • food delivery
  • design services
  • single truck owner-operators
  • interpreting/translating services
  • occupational therapists
  • nonprofits
  • home repairs
  • catering event planning
  • lab technology
  • hair and nail salons
  • optometry
  • dentistry
  • social work
  • behaviorist health
  • pet grooming
  • pool cleaning
  • food/hotel franchises

SB 990 would have suspended the implementation of AB 5 until January 1, 2022.  The bill was heard in the Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee, where the Democrat supermajority defeated the bill on a 1 to 4 vote.