Public Safety Committee Chairman Bill Quirk stopped Senate Bill 448 from being passed in the Assembly yesterday when he refused to conduct a hearing on that bill. He took that action despite a Rules Committee ruling that suspended both an Assembly rule and the State Constitution.
“Chairman Quirk is to be commended for his courage and his integrity,” stated CA RSOL president Janice Bellucci. “He protected the U.S. Constitution as well as the civil rights of registered citizens when he stopped SB 448.”
Prior to the Chairman’s act, SB 448 was poised for passage on September 11, the last day of the legislative session due to the lobbying efforts of Facebook billionaire Chris Kelly. Before the bill could be considered by the full Assembly, however, it required approval by the Public Safety Committee.
“Kelly attempted a brazen attack upon the First Amendment as well as upon registered citizens in his support for SB 448,” stated Bellucci. “If passed, SB 448 would have stolen the First Amendment rights of thousands of Californians.”
In addition to his support for SB 448, Kelly is the primary financial contributor of Proposition 35, which also required disclosure of internet identifiers. Kelly is also a party in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of San Francisco that stopped implementation of that requirement. Because SB 448 failed to pass, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will make permanent a preliminary injunction granted on November 18, 2014, and the requirement of Prop. 35 to disclose internet identifiers will not be implemented.
Letter from CA RSOL President Janice Bellucci to Assemblymember and Public Safety Committee Chair Bill Quirk – view pdf
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