Thursday, September 10, 2009

SB 250 tabled by Florez

SB 250, The Pet Responsibility Act, has been tabled by author Dean Florez (D - Shafter) until January in hopes of finding more support in the California State Assembly. It appears that the bill is 13 votes short of passage.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. I was a supporter of the bill, despite the fact that there were a couple of things that troubled me. I believed that the bill was written with the best of intentions.

But I also believe in the legislative process, and if after all of this time the bill is still over a dozen votes short of passage, perhaps the people have spoken. Did they speak the way I wish they would have? No --- but it doesn't always work that way. I've been terribly disappointed in the past over laws I supported that didn't pass (or vice versa), but one thing I keep in mind is that we all have the opportunity to have our voice heard and if "my side" didn't have the will/gumption/organization to get their message out effectively enough to change the hearts and minds of other voters, then maybe "my side" doesn't deserve to win.

I'm not sure part of the "good fight" is to try really hard and encourage others to give it all they've got, then when it looks like things aren't breaking in your favor, go running off the field and hope the other team gets winded so you can swoop in and call it a win. Or take your ball and walk off the field, rather than having a loss on your record.

It may be permissible, but that doesn't mean it's honorable.


Dynadobe said...

A lot of time and effort has been dumped into this bill and it did not pass. Yet legislators think they should go it at yet one more time. Hello? Is there any other business to be addressed than shoving this crummy bill down our throats? Just throw more time and money at it. What a shame...

Anonymous said...

Pushing this bill when the people have spoken means there is something wrong with the bill. Dean Florenz has as much as said that those who voted against his bill are not very smart they just don't understand the bill. That is not true, they are smart enough to read the full implications in this bill. He needs to pull it before any more damage is done.


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