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Nov 17, 2003 - 05:10 PM

And For My Second Act...Rolling Back The Law

by Jamie Court
 
In Executive Order No. 2, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has frozen all pending state regulations for a duplicative review of their impact on businesses in the state. The 180 day freeze is a special interest coup d'etat.

Among the spectrum of laws to be put on hold include pending regulations to root out pesticides, to protect Californians' financial privacy, to create drinking water standards for arsenic and perchlorate, to implement electronic waste legislation, and to publicly disclose on the Internet doctors' medical negligence settlements.

For a governor who wants to reduce government burdens and stop special interests, this executive order forces governmental agencies to do their job twice and gives big business a reprieve on consumer and environmental protection laws passed during the last two years. It is both a waste of taxpayer money and an abuse of power.

The regulatory process is where a governor can slow and stop already-enacted laws that his contributors do not like. Arnold's biggest contributors in agribiz, finance and the medical-insurance complex won big today. This executive order rolls back vital public protections and only serves the large industries that have fought tooth and nail to make sure they do not become law. Day One and special interests across the board are already having their biggest victory in a decade.




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