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Assemblyman Scott Wilk

Wilk Discusses Legislative Agenda, First-Day Bill AB 6

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.

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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 that end, he introduced legislation aimed at defunding proposals that would lay tracks across the state.  Assembly Wilk Fights Against The Hidden Tax Increase

“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.

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Wilk Discusses Legislative Agenda, First-Day Bill AB 6


  1. Re: Train Project
    You’re right on target. This is not a “party” issue. As a Democrat (who consistently votes for you) I cannot understand why we are wasting billions on a project of minimal value to the state. Please take any measures you can to stop this waste.
    You may want to look at other priorities for the use of the funds in addition to the education projects.
    Water sourcing and transportation.
    Or could Santa Clarita become a “Mega Center” for “Healthcare and Medical Research”?
    Thank you for your service!
    Mark Murphy

  2. I’m a Republican, and I don’t care if we have to defund highway upkeep by 1/4. I want to see my tax dollars going toward more rail, more Amtrak, higher speeds, and more rail transit. That’s right; I’m a tax payer, and I want you to spend my tax dollars on rail. If Republicans have a problem with this, I can stop voting you into office. Are you listening?

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