With state lawmakers starting new terms Monday, Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, mentioned a few of the discussions he expected on the legislative agenda, including one he wanted to start early.Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking Santa Clarita news alerts delivered right to your inbox.
Internet privacy, consumer protections on the web and the high speed rail were all items he expected to see on the agenda, he said.
“To me this bill is really about starting the dialogue on (the state’s funding priorities),” he said, noting the state is making billion-dollar plans while “there’s an $8 billion to $10 billion deficit in school funding for construction. These are projects that are shovel-ready.”
Wilk introduced AB 6 on the first day of the session, he said, to put the onus on legislators in support of what he called a multibillion-dollar boondoggle.
“(Members of the Assembly) are going to have to cast a tough vote,” he said.
The bill would give voters a chance to decide in November 2016 whether they want to halt the future sale of bonds authorized by Proposition 1A to fund the high speed rail plan, in order to divert those funds toward funding school facilities.
The Assembly is also creating a standing committee on privacy and consumer protections, Wilk said, to look at some of the issues facing Internet and technology.
“How do you address privacy issues as it relates to the Internet?” Wilk asked rhetorically. “Obviously, we want to protect consumers, but we don’t want to pick winners and losers in the marketplace, particularly as it pertains to technology,” he said. “I think that’s an area we’re going to have a lot of debate on this session.”
The new committee would take on some of the jurisdiction held by both the Arts and Entertainment Committee and the Business, Professions and Consumer Protections committees, according to Wilk.
Committee assignments were expected to be publicly announced early next week, Wilk said.Do you have a news tip? Call us at (661) 298-1220, or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.