||March 12th, 2009|
A Small Step Toward
a Big Goal
By Senator Mark Wyland
Each legislative session, Senators are permitted to introduce a maximum of 50 bills. With 40 senators, that’s 2,000 bills in a single two-year session, devoting an enormous amount of time to bills, rather than our state budget. Last week, the State Senate proposed to reduce the bill limit from 50 bills down to 40. Although I support this measure and believe this reduction will help alleviate a Legislature clogged by bills, more needs to be done.
Bills distract from what we should be focusing on: serious oversight within our state budget. While a budget was passed last week, I voted ‘NO’ because it had no reform, raised taxes, and did nothing to increase oversight and accountability. Reducing the bill limit by ten is a small help. I propose that the Legislature work on only the state budget this year, and introduce non-urgent bills for the second year of the session.
Senator Mark Wyland represents the people of the 38th Senate District, which includes cities in north San Diego County and the south Orange County cities of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.
Senator Mark Wyland
1910 Palomar Point Way, Suite 105
Carlsbad, California 92008
Protect the Integrity of Our Elections
I recently introduced Assembly Bill 1356 which will require identification at the polling place. This bill is one of several pieces of legislation that I have authored or co-authored, aimed at protecting one of our most sacred rights. Several states, including Indiana and Georgia, have similar requirements for casting a ballot. Specifically, the bill requires identification at the time of voting but will allow a voter to cast a provisional ballot if identification is not provided. I firmly believe that requiring identification to vote does not hinder anyone’s right to vote but rather, strengthens the integrity of the process. It seems logical that we should have the same requirements (if not stronger) to vote as we have for making financial transactions, driving a car or buying alcohol. I look forward to a spirited debate on the measure when it is heard in committee and on the Assembly Floor and I will continue to fight to protect the integrity of the ballot box.
Assemblyman Martin Garrick serves the communities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Vista, and portions of San Diego, Escondido and Oceanside as the Assemblyman for the 74th District.