California ‘gut-and-amend’ bill on vaccine mandate fails

A.B. 455 was originally meant to regulate lanes and tolls on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. But a draft of an amended version published by the California Globe replaces the toll provisions with language that would allow private employers to fire employees if they refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine and would have required vaccination proof to enter businesses.

The bill was a desirable target for the “gut-and-amend” switcheroo, which involves taking a bill that has passed early legislative obstacles, gutting its contents, and amending it to do something else entirely as a means of fast-tracking it through California’s state Assembly.

(Getty Images)

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE SWITCHEROO COULD ‘GUT-AND-AMEND’ BRIDGE BILL INTO CORONAVIRUS VACCINE MANDATE

“This chilling legislation would have created a ‘show me your papers’ society without any precedent in American history,” Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, a Republican and candidate to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom in the upcoming recall election, told Fox News Wednesday. 

In a separate tweet, Kiley said the bill “is dead for the year,” while warning that it could resurface in the next session if Newsom overcomes the recall effort.

“Our victory over AB 455 will be short-lived if we don’t keep up the pressure and elect a Governor who understands the Constitution is more than a piece of paper,” he wrote.

Aerial view of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge with modern cityscape in background, San Francisco, California, USA.

Aerial view of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge with modern cityscape in background, San Francisco, California, USA.

Comments are closed.