The 2023 legislative session just wrapped up in Sacramento — and it is clear that California Democrat legislators are so extreme that even common-sense bills that enjoyed widespread bipartisan support got killed.
To raise awareness of the extremism that has overtaken the California State Legislature, Reform California released a "Top 10 List of Common-Sense Bills Killed by California Democrats in 2023."
“It’s laughable that these great, common-sense bills were rejected by California Democrats — but it just goes to show how extreme some of these Democrat legislators are in California,” says Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Reform California.
“You can tell a lot about their flawed and extremist thinking by the bills they decided to kill — and it's clear that they are more concerned with appeasing their union and special-interest backers and the far-Left fringe activists in their party than helping the average Californian,” said DeMaio.
Here’s the list of good bills Democrats killed in 2023:
Not all the bills that California Democrats tried to kill stayed dead!
In fact, Democrats initially killed a bill written by State Senator Shannon Grove (R), SB-14, that would make the human trafficking of a child a “serious felony” in the state and help crack down on crime.
To their credit, Republicans and outside groups rallied to save the bill by informing the public — and a public uproar ensued. The public pressure campaign prevailed, and the bill passed unanimously with extremist Democrats flipping their NO votes to YES!
Carl DeMaio called SB-14 a “rare win” for common-sense in California and said that it provided a key lesson going forward.
“If common-sense reformers in California want to have any hope of passing bills in a Legislature with a liberal supermajority, the SB-14 win gives us a blueprint — a massive public pressure campaign, especially on a public safety issue where Democrats are weak, can force politicians’ hands to vote for a bill,” said DeMaio.
DeMaio also has hopes to change the composition of the state legislature and resurrect common-sense bills killed by liberal Democrats.
“Things can change in Sacramento if we replace these bad faith politicians with common-sense reformers, and we have the chance to do that in 2024,” he continued.
DeMaio and Reform California are leading a campaign to elect new and better leaders that will champion good bills like these. DeMaio says that concerned Californians can join the fight by contributing to the campaign and by using and circulating his annual “Plain English” Voter Guide. The guide contains recommendations for the 2024 election and will be released closer to California’s March primary election.