ABOUT: As James Madison warned us, “It will be of little avail to the people if the laws are so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” And yet the California Legislature is intent on passing more bills, barely understood or complied with by the public.
While there is plenty of room to improve public policy by clarifying statutes and codes through legislation, the Legislature still has to pass a law to remove bad or outdated laws and regulations from the books. This year, Senator John Moorlach’s is partnering with Senators Andy Vidak, Ted Gaines, Jeff Stone and Jim Nielsen in proposing the reduction or elimination of old, unnecessary, outdated, obtrusive policies that hinder our lives, liberty and prosperity. The “There Ought NOT Be A Law” project is different than similar projects in the past. The goal of this project is not to add any more laws to the books, but to simplify and streamline state law as much as possible. It could be as simple as deleting a problematic word or phrase in a particular code section or as complex as eliminating entire statutes and regulatory structures.
WHAT’S THE PROCESS?
The following process hopefully will result in a bill that passes both houses of the legislature and is signed into law by the Governor.
Any proposal submitted should be clear and consistent with Senator Moorlach and his policy platform. See past legislation introduced HERE. Any proposal should be about good public policy and refrain from personal attacks.
While we have some staff resources to process legislation and draft the final proposal into proper legislative parlance, most of the legwork for proposing the policy change and justifying its passage will need to come from the source of the proposal, the “sponsor”, as it were. If the sponsoring organization is limited in its ability to advocate for specific legislation, but is willing to provide material for general policy changes towards the desired end, we can work with other likeminded groups to advance the policy change with any support that the sponsor can offer.
In order to provide a foundation for the reduction or elimination of a law, we will need the sponsor to provide background material as to justify the proposal. This includes, and is not limited to: research, legal briefs, audits, white papers, best practices from other states, model legislation, statistics, stakeholder input, testimonials, etc.
Beyond having good and pertinent information as to the need for the bill, it will be necessary to build a coalition of supporters who can help shape the legislation and shepherd it through the process. The sponsors will need to assist in recruiting other supporters and collaborators and prepare written and spoken testimony in committee hearings. This could be an opportunity for crowdsourcing experts who do not usually weigh in on the legislative process. It will also be useful to have persuasive pieces and editorials published in the media in furtherance of the policy goal.
Legislative deadlines are spread throughout the year, but the most important deadlines are those to have Legislative Counsel draft the bill (January 20th) and introduce the bill (February 17th). In order to pick our chosen bill proposal(s) and accommodate those deadlines, we need any submissions to be made by January 1, 2017. We will announce the chosen submissions by January 15th and work with the selected sponsors to draft the legislation and prepare it for formal introduction.
Legislative deadlines are spread throughout the year, but the most important deadlines are those to have Legislative Counsel draft the bill (late January) and introduce the bill (late February). In order to pick our chosen bill proposal(s) and accommodate those deadlines, we need any submissions to be made by January 1, 2017. We will announce the chosen submissions by January 15th and work with the selected sponsors to draft the legislation and prepare it for formal introduction.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
The application to submit a proposal can be completed HERE. Submissions will be taken until January 1, 2017.
- CalWatchdog: Lawmakers seek citizens input on legislation, either to repeal or to create
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association: There Ought NOT Be a Law
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