A member of the Assembly Budget Committee and represents the 3rd Assembly District in the California Legislature, Republican Assemblyman Dan Logue of Penn Valley, is proposing a part-time legislature to help cut costs and save wasted time. In an opinion editorial piece Logue sites California as having the nation’s second-highest unemployment rate and residents leaving for greener pastures, and says the State Legislature should do everything it can to encourage job creation, but doesn’t.
“The best thing we can do is get out of Sacramento, leave the people of California alone and let the economy grow. The number one reason for it is that they have created a climate that is the most hostile business climate in the nation and I believe that if the legislators realize that when they start killing jobs in California that they’re basically going to have to kill their own jobs and get a job in the private sector, and that might change their outlook on how they treat businesses from now on.”
Logue says legislatures need to get out of the way.
“It’s pretty simple. Part time legislature, part time pay. The perfect scenario is that we meet every two years like Texas does for 140 days, we’d deal with legislation and the budget and go home. We don’t need 700 bills every year to give legislators a reason to exist and basically over-regulate the state of California.”
Logue says Californians deserve a legislative body that better reflects the everyday needs of the people it represents, rather than the privileged few. He says he will introduce a bill nest year to make the Legislature part-time.