‘AB 5 is destroying lives every day,” Kiley said. “We cannot wait any longer to stop the bleeding.’
~Assemblyman Kevin Kiley
The Legislative Analyst’s Office estimates that AB 5 has already affected more than 1 million independent contractor and freelance working Californians. Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) has been compiling a book of AB 5 stories of independent contractors who have lost their jobs because of the poorly crafted bill.
On February 27, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) will initiate a Floor Vote on Assembly Bill 1928, an urgency measure to suspend AB 5 while corrective legislation is under consideration.
“AB 5 is destroying lives every day,” Kiley said in a statement. “We cannot wait any longer to stop the bleeding.”
On January 28, Kiley and many other lawmakers held a rally to Repeal AB 5 at the State Capitol. Hundreds of independent contractors and freelance workers attended the rally.
“Governor Newsom: we are here today to tell you that your vision cannot be reality as long as AB 5 is on the books,” Assemblyman Kiley said at the rally. “Governor, your own former deputy chief of staff called AB 5 ‘one of the most destructive pieces of legislation in the last 20 years.’”
Assembly Bill 5 by former labor leader Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), has already significantly limited Californians’ ability to work as independent contractors and freelancers. It was revealed during Senate debate in September that the AFL-CIO wrote AB 5.
AB 5 randomly limits freelance writers and photographers to 35 submissions annually per media outlet, and will serve to significantly limit Californians’ ability to work as independent contractors and freelancers. It was revealed during Senate debate in September that the AFL-CIO wrote AB5.
Most recently, AB 1850, authored by AB 5 backer Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), would exempt freelance and independent contractor writers and photographers and remove the controversial ’35 content submissions a year’ rule, California Globe reported. Assemblywoman Gonzalez and other lawmakers had been considering such changes since December of last year, before AB 5 was even law.
“After truckers were found to be exempt by California courts in early January, journalists introduced more tactics for an AB 5 overturn. While their lawsuit was denied by a judge, a looming hearing on the request in March as well as a ballot measure overturning AB 5 and a Senate Bill that would overturn AB 5 known as SB 868 becoming active a few weeks ago have kept pressure on lawmakers to grant freelance journalists an exception.”
Assemblywoman Gonzalez’s corrective legislation, AB 1850, is not the only bill addressing the harm caused by AB 5. Over the next several months, the Legislature will consider at least 30 bills changing or removing aspects of the law, including a root-and-branch overhaul by Democrat Senator Cathleen Galgiani.
AB 1928 Urgency Measure
Kiley reported: Urgency measures like AB 1928 take effect immediately and are customarily given expedited consideration. An expedited vote is especially appropriate here given that:
- the bill would simply restore the prior state of the law from less than two years ago;
- the issues presented have already been extensively considered in both Assembly and Senate policy committees;
- a suspension would function as a stopgap measure as legislators try to craft a more workable law through the committee process.
More than 150 professions are impacted by AB5, “hardly an industry or trade is unscathed,” Kiley said. “This is what happens when humanist values give way to brute political force.”