Assemblyman Obernolte On Passage of Assembly Bill that Limits Independent Contracting

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Assemblyman Obernolte (R-Hesperia) issued the following statement on Assembly Bill 5, which severely limits independent contracting in California.

“This bill will negatively impact Californians across our state as many of them will lose work opportunities because of its overly restrictive nature. It will ultimately put the livelihood of millions of hard-working Californians at risk. It is unevenly applied and arbitrarily picks winners and losers based on which industry could afford to pay a lobbyist to get their interests exempted. There’s absolutely no justifiable reason that all professions aren’t being treated equally.”

“The proponents argue that this bill empowers workers. I emphatically disagree. Eliminating opportunity and worker flexibility is not empowerment and will only stifle entrepreneurialism in our state. In fact, if this bill was the law when I started my small business out of my college dorm room 30 years ago, my business would not exist today. And the hundreds of employees who have worked with me over the years wouldn’t have jobs. How many other small businesses would not exist if this law was in place?

“What happened to us? California used to be a crucible for innovation and entrepreneurialism. It is clearly that no longer, and I fear the consequences for our state, our children, and the generations to come.”

See Assemblyman Obernolte’s video statement:

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte represents the 33rd Assembly District, which includes the San Bernardino County communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Baker, Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Big River, Crestline, Fort Irwin, Hesperia, Johnson Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Lenwood, Lucerne Valley, Needles, Oak Hills, Phelan, Running Springs, Silver Lakes, Trona, Twentynine Palms Base, Twin Peaks and Victorville.

Simone Graham – Editor High Desert Gazette

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