California lawmakers lash out at their citizens with frequent new laws limiting the average person’s ability to exist and do business in the state. Just last week a law passed restricting the way internet providers deliver their service. Widely known as Net Neutrality, this has become an hot topic in both statewide and national debates. This bill goes further than the previous Administration’s requirements by also limiting the way companies handle interconnection.
“Interconnection happens when two network operators hand off traffic to one another. Companies negotiate private contracts over those handoffs and California’s law ensures the rules of no-blocking, no-throttling and no-paid prioritization also applies when traffic is being handed off.” This bill is now being met with hostility from local California residents, the internet service providers, and the Trump administration.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is quoted in the New York Times as saying, “States do not regulate interstate commerce — the Federal Government does. Once again the California legislature has enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy.” Senior officials in the Justice Department have gone on the record stating that they would take the state to court, as the Federal Government is the only one who has the power to regulate Net neutrality.
Joan Marsh, a senior official for AT&T stated, “Simply put, state-by-state regulation in this area is insufficient and unworkable because the internet is a global network of networks that enables consumers to access and use information, content and services without regard to state, and even national boundaries.”
Though residents of California will not be shocked by this latest attack on personal freedoms, California plans on continually crippling personal freedom between bills AB 1668 and SB 606. California legislative plans on limiting the water each person has to 55 gallons each day. Right now, the average person uses 80-100 gallon of water a day according to The US. Geological Study. Each person would have to cut 25-45 gallons of water out of their daily lives. The fines for not complying are massive, in a article from JD Supra, the law firm “Best, Best & Krieger” states “Starting in 2027, local water suppliers’ failure to comply with SWRCB’s adopted long-term standards could result in fines of $1,000 per day during non-drought years, and $10,000 per day during declared drought emergencies and certain dry years.”
There is an outcry claiming these laws are infringing on the California Constitution Article X Section 2, “The conservation of such waters is to be exercised with a view to the reasonable and beneficial use thereof in the interest of the people and for the public welfare” The question becomes, who is to say what usage of water is acceptable? Will backyard gardens be acceptable? Will all gardeners be forced to grow only drought resistant plants such as succulents. Will the hot summers in California no longer be enjoyed with Slip n Slides or pools? Will the 4th of July no longer be celebrated with fireworks because the lack of water to deal with a fire hazard?
All walks of life will be affected, from the people not able to fix leaks and having to pay the exuberant fines, which they can’t afford, to using water on a simple summer day. The limitations are endless when it comes to these regulations, to curbing pools, gardens, and the freedom to shower and wash clothes on the same day.
If Californians want to protect individual choice and liberty, then they must fight against these against these bills and force elected officials to listen to them.
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