California Has Way Too Many Laws

court gavelBravo to Los Angeles Times columnist George Skelton for his article yesterday excoriating frivolous and dumb laws that waste lawmakers’ time and public money. Too many laws is an issue I’ve returned to time and again on this page, even praising former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer because she did not author many laws.

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With Carly Fiorina running against Boxer in 2010, criticizing the incumbent for only authoring five measures that became law, I came to the senator’s defense in a post. Declaring that I was not a Boxer supporter, I wrote, “I don’t object, as Carly Fiorina does, that Boxer has authored only five measures that became law in her time in the U. S. Senate. We have too many laws already.”

I pointed out in that article that in a recent two-year session in Sacramento, 4,865 bills were introduced in the California legislature and 1500 became law.

Returning to the subject in January 2015, I pleaded with legislators coming back to Sacramento to cut back on the lawmaking. “Here’s a New Year’s resolution for legislators returning to Sacramento from the holiday break: make fewer laws and get rid of some of the old ones. Eager legislators have plenty of ideas how to “fix” problems. Therefore, many pieces of legislation are introduced. A great number will become law. California saw about 950 new laws on the books on January 1. Last year there were about 800 new laws and the year before hundreds more — you get the idea. Over a decade the state adds thousands and thousands of new laws.”

And once again in 2017 I made the argument that perhaps the problem is that we call solons “lawmakers” so they decide that’s what they have to do. Each session the law books get fatter and fatter and no one can know all the laws in those books.

Time to cut back on the lawmaking. The California Chamber of Commerce has some suggestions on bills to kill that would hurt the economy in their updated, annual job killers list.That’s a good place to start.

And Mr. Skelton had many good ideas in his column, too. Go get ‘em, George!

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This article was originally published by Fox and Hounds Daily.


  1. Bogiewheel says

    It’s time we returned to the the sixties with limited time in the legislative sessions. It appears the politicians have an excess of time on their hands; And you know what they say about idle hands…….
    Look back at the accomplishments that occurred in this State when we has limited legislative sessions.

  2. retiredxlr8r says

    Hey! The vacuum that Democrats brought to Sacramento has to be filled up with something?
    They either hide out and draw their pay or stumble over themselves to get their name in the lights!
    Something about “dumber’n a box of rock!” just seems to fit this Democrat led legislature.

  3. Keith Foxon says

    Back n the sixties and seventies California was truly the GOLDEN STATE. Too many politicians with too much time on their hands have ruined it. Go back to a part time State Senate and Congress.

  4. showandtell says

    Far left state legislators are introducing bills at a clip unheard of even ten years ago. Here is a particularly sick one that is going through the process as we speak:

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