Legislative Roundup For 2009

By CAMILLE GIGLIO

November 9, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - "Now on to jobs and quality of life." [source, Barack Obama following the House vote on HealthCare. 11/07/09]

Flowery talk about improving our quality of life may sound nice, but what is reallyimplied? Yes, government can improve the quality of our lives it just requires every U.S.resident to surrender certain of our freedoms to the government. Is that what we aredoing, accepting third party control over our lives, our destinies at the cost ofsurrendering our freedom of choice over our own lives?

Barack Obama and the House leadership are acting, for the "public's benefit," as though this health care legislation is over and finished.

It isn't, it's just the end of the beginning.

Further legislation must be enacted to address all the issues contained inthis purposely vague and generalized health care legislation. There are commissionsand boards to be authorized, oversight committees and staff to be established, the fullspectrum of just what is meant by health care has not even begun to be addressed.

President Obama has provided us with hints as to what is ahead. He said it againfollowing the passage of the House version of the health care bill in the deep of night.Jobs and Quality of Life are next on the agenda.

In the mind of the Democrat bureaucrat one can't have quality of health without asupervised, mandated quality of life - a Master Plan - to direct the shaping of the new citizen of the global world.

HR 3962, by Cong. John Dingell, Affordable Quality Health Care for All People,www.gop.gov/policy-news/09/11/02/new-federal-bureaucracies-created-in. creates one hundred and eleven of these quality of life oversight boards, committees, commissions, etc. just at the federal level. This will generate creation of regional and local bureaucracies. Workforce Development, referenced 6 times in this bill is already active in every county in California. This legislative term the Governor has signed AB 271, Youthbuild with several more such bills still pending and referred to as Career Technical Education. CTE uses the classroom to prepare students to be future workers in our planned Sustainable Community society. Everyone who cooperates with the system will have a guaranteed job.

Not having to worry about your employment will result in better mental and physical health, won't it?

Centralized planning means that it is at a distance from the targeted groups, therefore,state, regional and local bureaucracies must be established to see that the Plan's goalsare carried out. Schools will be held accountable for delivering properly preparedstudents to the job market - AB 1164, Van Tran, (R) Maintenance of the Codes, signedby Governor Schwarzenegger.

See also Contra Costa For Every Generation http://www.foreverygeneration.org/ an organization which is very specific about its mandate, "With every generation working together to meet the changing needs of Contra Costans, we will truly make our communities good places to age, "for everyone."

This particular program was developed about 6 years ago using Contra Costa County County, California, as a prototype...a blueprint for other counties to follow. This was not created directly through legislation, but rather was the result of a lengthy statewide needs assessment commissioned by the California legislature and conducted by the California Institute of Public Policy Analysis at taxpayer expense. It's mission was to make plans for every citizen of Contra Costa County, where we should all live, where we should work, where schools should be placed and what jobs should be developed, etc. Every member of this Board represents some government or privatesector tax supported special interest.

We have federal and state constitutions. We believe that these documents protect our rights. The federal government and state governments conduct daily business based on certain civil and criminal codes. Most of us feel that this set-up protects our God given and constitutionally protected rights. What we don't realize is that every year these codes are amended, re-written, changed through legislation. This has a profound effect on how the government views its accountability, its areas of governance and our rights as citizens of a state and country.

The official count for bills submitted and actions for the first year of this two year session 2009/10, shows that 2,731 items were submitted, 2,422 of which were bills orresolutions. The Governor signed 400 Assembly side bills and vetoed 177 bills. In theSenate there were 968 bills introduced, 232 enacted and 63 vetoed. The rest of thebills either died in committee or are still pending.

This is a veritable blizzard of legislation, each producing intended as well as unanticipated consequences.

For every veto the Governor attaches a veto message explaining his reasoning. His one size fits all veto message on the bills that I was tracking indicated that he supported the end goal of the bills, but felt that these were, at this time of budget deficits, too expensive, duplicative of effort or just not the right time. He would, however make his office available to assist legislators in writing bills that would succeed.

Most of the 100 plus bills that I tracked came under the category of education with the rest focusing on health issues or health care insurance. While health care and jobsappear to be the main national focus, the classroom and the student is the main gatethrough which to achieve the re-shaping of society if we are to eventually submit to theelitist . The main focus of the education bills centered on the classroom as the site forreforming the student's values, goals, health, nutrition, lifestyle and future productivity inthe job market.

Federal and state legislation closely parallel each other. What the feds propose thestates carry out through a myriad of bills. You may recall reading that the Governor hasinsisted that what the feds propose they should also pay for rather than requiring thestate tax dollars to pick up the tab.

Tracking legislation is a bit like watching sheep dog trials...

Picture the legislation as the herd of sheep, the lobbyists as sheep dogs and the legislators serving as holding pens into which the sheep are driven.

Most of the 100 plus bills that I tracked came under the category of education with the rest focusing on health issues or health care insurance. While health care and jobsappear to be the main goal, the classroom and the student is the main gate throughwhich to achieve the re-shaping of society if we are to eventually succumb to thesheep dog's herding skills.

It is important to keep a sharp eye out for federal legislation. What the feds propose the states carry out through a myriad of bills. You may recall reading that the Governor has insisted that what the feds propose they should also pay for rather than requiring the state tax dollars to pay for, It reminds me of the sheep never knowing for sure wherethe sheepdog is.

Here is a brief overview of a few of the federal bills that are reflected in the state bills:

HR 1388, Carolyn McCarthy D-NY Reform of National Service Laws signed by Obama on 03/09/2009.

SUMMARY: Reauthorizes and reforms the national service law expanding and strengthening service-learning programs bringing more students and retired professionals into volunteer community service programs partnering them with community and non-profit agencies.

HR 1551, Barbara Lee, Reduction of Adolescent Pregnancy HIV Rates
LOCATION: House Energy and Commerce Committee. It carries a price tag of $50,000,000.00 a year from 2010-2014. It would then fall to the states to continue the programs.

Provides for the reduction of adolescent pregnancy, HIV rates, and other sexually transmitteddiseases and for responsible school education about life. Paragraph 8 states:

"(8) Most young people have sex for the first time at about age 17, but do not marry until their middle or late 20s. This means that young adults are at risk of unwanted pregnancy and STIs for nearly a decade. Therefore, teens need access to full, complete, and medically and factually accurate information regarding sexuality, including contraception, condoms, STI/HIV (Ed. note: meaning Gardasil vaccinations) prevention (meaning abortion), and abstinence (from physical penetration). All of this taught during classroom time by Planned Parenthood trained facilitators.

HR 1585, Ron Kind (D-WI) Elementary and Secondary Education Act - Fit Kids Act
LOCATION: House Education and Labor Committee

SUMMARY: Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to improve standards for physical education.

This will authorize the schools to evaluate your children for nutrition, weight loss and intensive P. E. programs.

HR 1589, Linda Sanchez (D-L.A.) Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities
LOCATION: House Education and Labor Committee

SUMMARY: Amends the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to authorize the use of grant funds for gang prevention. (this is where many state bills focusing on community activity, student volunteering and counseling and summer jobs for youth fit)

This bill is reflected in state legislator Bill Monning's AB 1- Teachers: Programs of professional growth which the Governor vetoed: "While I understand the importance of negotiation and conflict resolution skills, this bill is unnecessary since nothing under current law prohibits districts from offering these courses as part of their professional development programs.

HR 1649 Kendrick Meek (D-Fl) Reduction of Core Curriculum Classes in Schools
LOCATION: House Education and Labor Committee

SUMMARY: Authorizes the Secretary of Education to make grants to reduce the size of core curriculum classes in public elementary and secondary schools, and to provide students and teachers with an educational environment more conducive to optimal student performance.

This will employ more teachers, create more union jobs, provide more intensive focus for indoctrination opportunities and encourage the students to adopt a sense of community or "family" as the legislation states.

S. 209 Barbara Boxer, (D-Ca)Expansion of Education System
LOCATION: Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

SUMMARY: Establishes a program to help States expand the education system to include at least 1 year of early education preceding the year a child enters kindergarten.

This in addition to bills that authorize an expanding series of after school programs would mean that children would be "in school" from ages 3 up to 18 for up to 8 hours a day. State Assembly member Warren Furutani (D- Long Beach) has AB 36, Readiness year program which would create a mandatory year for 3 year olds.

HR 3962, John Dingell, (D-Mi) Affordable Quality Health Care For All People.
LOCATION: This 1900 page bill, submitted on 10/29/09, sits in 8 different House committees, Energy & Commerce, Education and Labor, Ways and Means, Oversight & Government Reform, House Budget, Rules, Natural Resources, and Judiciary. It creates one hundred and eleven new boards, commissions and programs covering the environment, community development, jobs, employment, youth programs, sex education, vaccinations, Indian affairs and gaming, preventive and wellness anti-obesity programs, and 6 new workforce Investment Act boards. It covers all the bills I've mentioned so far and the 100 or so bills I've been tracking in the state legislature.

Though John Dingell is the listed author of this bill Nancy Pelosi is being claimed as its mentor.

To read about this bill click on: www.gop.gov/policy-news/09/11/02/new-federal-bureaucraciescreated-in. If this doesn't work simply go to www.gop.gov do a search for federal legislation and new federal bureaucracies.

Of the bills I tracked 4 were chaptered:

AB271 by Solorio (D) Youthbuild Program, funding and design. This turns underachieving students over to the unions during the summer to work at menial skilled job for low wages.

AB1025, Connie Conway, (R) Schools, Employees and Volunteers; Activity Supervisors.Though this duplicates much of the activities agenda it emphasizes the idea of the school as a Community Classroom or training center for all residents. The One-Stop job centers featured now regularly in the media.

AB1164, Van Tran (R-Costa Mesa) Maintenance of the Codes. Though the language is politicalese, it focuses on allowing high school students and potential drop-outs to proceed tojunior college with credits in Career technical training. In other words, just keep kicking them upstairs.

SB 471, Gloria Romero, Stem Cell and Biotechnology Workforce Development Act.

Development as a state priority and to promote stronger links among industry sectors, the state Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and public schools. In other words, manipulates young minds to focus on future work areas desired by the state.

There are 29 bills still pending. This means that these bills passed their house of origin, but were held back in the second house for lack of funds, support or time. These bills must be dealt with by January of the following year - 2010.

Each of these bills is important for its ability to fill in one piece of the reformation of education and society, but the education picture can be completed with just a few core bills in place.

SB 569, Career Technical Education, and SB 725, Regional Occupational Centers:Apprenticeship Program, both by state Sen. Loni Hancock.

SB 569 Requires school districts, regional occupational centers or programs, and community college districts, as a condition of receiving federal funds provided under the Carl D. Perkins

Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act of 1998, to demonstrate that a percentage of the course sequences offered for students are linked to high priority workforce needs in the career sectors identified by the Labor and Workforce Development Agency or the Labor Market Information Division.

SB 725, carries the authorization to enact a state Apprenticeship Program in the building construction industry at these regional centers.

SB 747, and SB 604 by Gloria Romero. SB 604 declares that it is the intent of the legislature to receive input from pupils, parents, teachers and school administrators on what constitutes core values and the mission to be followed in education; while SB 747 mandates a Career Technical Education program in Aerospace Machining and creates a classroom apprenticeship program for future aerospace workers. (note the reference to 747s)

SB 569, Darrell Steinberg, Career Technical Education: School-to-Career Program. Changes the education code, sec. 5308, formally placing the CTE program within the state Department of Education and authorizing the department to be a consultant in all partnerships and provide professional assistance and grants. It further requires this department to be held accountable to the legislature for fulfilling this roll. There are six other bills that further expand or provide incentives for using the classroom as career development centers rather than centers for academic pursuits.

These are:

AB12, Jim Beall, (D) Fostering Connections to Success Act, AB 35 and 36 by Warren Furutani, Education, Workforce preparation and adding one more year onto high school for those not yet ready to process over to "postsecondary education."

AB705, Bill Berryhill, (R-Stockton) advancing CTE training and a smooth transition from high school to post-secondary schooling and emphasizing the Community as Classroom.Further advancing the idea of the CTE with the community as classroom are AB 723, Connie Conway, R-Visalia) and AB 837, Tom Torlakson, (D-Antioch) School Attendance: Online Education. In other words, just stay home, use the computer as teacher but let the school collect ADA payments.

And, lastly there is Assembly Joint Resolution 4 by Assembly Speaker Karen Bassmemorializing the Congress to supplement all these programs with American Recovery and Reinvestment funds - ARRA.

At this time your efforts would best be spent on contacting your Congress member with the message to vote "NO" on all the federal level bills. Their phone numbers are in the front of your local phone book or go to www.leginfo.gov and type in your zip code to find your congressional member or your state legislator. At that point you can write them an email.For all of you in Congressional District 10 to which John Garamendi, (D) was just elected His phone number is (202) 225-1880. His staff is eagerly standing by to receive your calls.

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