Senate Democrats Kill Dutton Measures to Protect Jobs
SB 960 and 1120 by Senator Dutton would have
reigned in out-of-control Air Board regulators
– Senate Democrats killed two common sense measures by Senate
Republican Leader-elect Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) that sought to
protect jobs without hurting California's environment.
Senate Bills 960 and 1120, which were heard yesterday by the Senate
Environment Quality Committee, were both struck down on party line
In recent years, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has come
under fire for vastly underestimating the costs of its proposed
Rather than allow a single agency to continue imposing job-killing
regulations without accountability or regard for their economic impact,
Senator Dutton proposed SB 960 to require an independent agency to review the economic impact report for major regulations being considered by CARB.
Under the measure's provisions, the Office of Administrative Law would
determine whether new regulations are cost effective and
"It's unfortunate but not surprising that Democrats refuse to reign in
the out-of-control government regulators that are strangling
California's economy," Senator Dutton said. "It's clear by their
actions today they aren't really concerned about protecting private
Also killed today by Democrats was SB 1120,
a measure that would have prevented California from implementing a
costly cap and trade program unless such a step is part of a national
or regional effort.
Senator Dutton pointed out that the only effective and realistic
approach to achieving the goal of a cap and trade program to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions is if California is able to partner with other
regional states or be part of a national plan.
"California can't 'go it alone' on fighting global warming and think
we're going to be successful," Senator Dutton said. "The only good
we're doing for the planet is that we're exporting our jobs to places
with more sense than us.
"The Democrats' actions today show that, although they talk about
wanting to protect California's fragile economy, in reality they
continue to kill bills that would protect jobs," Senator Dutton
Senator Republican Leader-Elect Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga)
serves as the Republican point person on jobs, budget and energy
issues. Mr. Dutton has more than thirty years of experience in the
private sector and is the founder and owner of a successful Inland
Empire business. For more information, please see www.sen.ca.gov/Dutton