In Case You Missed It: Hoover Institution: "Republican Lawmakers Work To Reverse California's Anti–Independent Contractor Law"

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

By Lee Ohanian
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

As more Californians lose work because of Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5), the new ban on some independent contractor relationships, the California Senate Republican Caucus … are introducing bills to stop this new law from doing more damage. …

This year, Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove and members of the California Senate Republican Caucus have introduced legislation to counteract the negative impacts of AB 5. Senator Grove has introduced Senate Bill 806, which would repeal and replace AB 5 with a new determination of independent contractor status that is much more expansive and that would include most existing business arrangements.  …

… The continuing saga of AB 5 is critically important, not only because it is destroying economic opportunities and the freedom of choice but also because it provides valuable insights into how lawmaking can go so wrong, and why. …

In 2019, Senate Republicans criticized AB5 during debate because it favored certain industries over others by providing some industry-specific discriminatory carve-outs and exemptions, including politically important industries such as physicians and attorneys.  …

…. California is an economy of nearly 40 million people where only certain voices are heard. Those who are heard are the true believers in the pure politics of the state’s Democratic leadership. …

To read the full article written by Lee Ohanian with the Hoover Institution, please click here.