Tuesday, May 22, 2012

What deficit? California State Legislature makes it cost $18,000 to send a simple email

Since the state of California is doing just fine financially, and everything is sailing smoothly along, this leaves time for the Legislature of our fine state to address the truly important matters that vex us.

The latest example is Assembly Bill (AB) 2095.  This proposed law adds additional requirements to an already existing law regarding the obligations of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), which is the governing body of high school athletic programs in our state.

Existing law commands the CIF to
report to the Legislature and Governor by January 1, 2016, on several specified goals and objectives, such as effectiveness of the governance structure, gender equity, health and safety, and economic viability.
Apparently those instructions are not complete enough, because AB 2095 would require that the report that CIF must present should also be electronically transmitted to the Assembly Education Committee, the Senate Education Committee, and the Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media Committee.

Keep in mind, the cost in time, debate, manpower, logistics, and printing of a bill as it travels its ponderous course through our state legislature runs about $18,000. That means that this bill - AB 2095 - which simply requires that a couple redundant and unnecessary emails be sent, is costing California taxpayers upwards of $18,000, when instead, couldn't someone - ANYONE! - at the State Capitol simply pick up the phone or shoot a quick (and free!) email and ask the appropriate person at CIF to send the report?

Or, Hey! Look at this! The previous CIF report is posted online, just as the next one presumably will be. Just click here, and your humble blogger can save you, the state taxpayer, $18,000.

And you wonder why this state is $16 billion in the hole.  

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson


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