Sacramento Democrats Reject Bill to Save California Jobs

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Senator Mike Morrell speaks at a Sacramento press conference in support of SB 238 by Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove
Caption: Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) speaks at a Sacramento press conference in support of SB 238 by Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield).

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Labor, Public Employment and Retirement, issued the following statement after the committee’s vote against SB 238, a bill he has coauthored with Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield), to preserve jobs for independent workers:

“Last year’s Dynamex decision issued by the California Supreme Court puts the jobs of over two million Californians at risk simply because they have chosen lines of work that best fit their lives.

“Its impact will be felt across the economy from realtors, insurance agents, IT consultants and hairstylists to side gigs like weekend referees – all of which would see the nature of their jobs change, with fewer prospects to make money for themselves and their families.

“SB 238 would protect workers’ rights by letting Californians continue to choose how and where they want to work. It is a sensible solution that applies the law equally across industries.

“It is disheartening that my Democratic colleagues in Sacramento rejected SB 238. They caved under pressure from the labor unions and this outcome is further proof of the anti-opportunity environment at the Capitol. The more government overreaches, the more it zaps the entrepreneurial spirit.”

For video of Morrell’s remarks, click here.

Read more about the impact of the Dynamex decision here.