Mendoza sees bills advance

first_imgThe Assembly Business and Professions Committee also approved AB 265 that would permanently de-regulate threading, the ancient East Asian method of hair removal. But Huff, R-Diamond Bar, was unsuccessful in getting the Elections Committee to approve his AB 9, which would require voters to present a valid identification card when voting. The committee on a 2-5 voted rejected it. Huff said his bill would deter potential voter fraud. “The elections officers need to make sure the person arriving at the polling site is the same one,” he said. It used to be the poll workers would know of the voters personally, but that’s not true any more, he said. “In a society where 40million people move each year, some form of voter identification is needed, Huff said. In addition, it’s no different than having to present identification to go on an airplane or enter a government building. However, opponents said the proposal would suppress voter turnout, especially among people of color, low-income and with disabilities. Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, D-San Diego, said there’s a difference between boarding a plane or getting alcohol. “Those aren’t rights,” Saldana said. “Voting is a right. I don’t want to see us mixing homeland security issues with the right to vote.” However, the Assembly Public Safety Committee did approve Huff’s AB 278 that expands upon the current crime of constructing a false compartment in a vehicle, with the intent to conceal illegal drugs. This bill will make it a crime to operate a vehicle with such a false compartment, with the intent to conceal illegal firearms, or $5,000 or more in cash intended to be exchanged for the purchase of illegal drugs. False compartments are constructed in vehicles to facilitate repeated criminal activity, which serves as an increasing danger to public safety, Huff said. REPUBLICAN MEETING: Lores Rizkalla, a radio talk-show host on KRLA-AM 870, will speak at the 11 a.m. Friday meeting of the Whittier Republican Women Federated. The club meets at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. For reservations, call Carole Gardner, (626) 968-2125. Cost is $17. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955; e-mail [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. It was a good week for Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, but not such a good one for Assemblyman Bob Huff. Mendoza, D-Norwalk, was able to get two bills dealing with election reform and another dealing with threading through their first committee in the Assembly. The Assembly Election Committee approved AB 44 that requires all voter registration cards to contain a box that a registrant can check to become a permanent absentee voter and AB 357 that would allow a candidate to use legal defense funds to initiate a recount or election contest. last_img read more