Add a Law, Delete a Law Idea Advances to the Forward Thinking Four


The Add a Law, Delete a law idea has been advanced to the Forward Thinking Four stage of the Fix California Challenge. The idea behind this submission is to require a law to be removed before a new law is added.


Each year thousands of bills are introduced in the California State Legislature, hundreds will become new laws and there is no real review of old laws or programs. This idea would put in place a process to review existing laws that may be outdated and unnecessary when new laws are up for a vote.


The idea submitter cited that Canada recently enacted this law, and that by enacting this in California, we may be able to alleviate undue burden on our government.

Fix California Challenge community members seem to agree, with one member stating that they would like to see a word limit proposed as well. View the original submission and join in the conversation here. Follow the conversation on Facebook & Twitter using #FixCal.

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  • Sam Toll
    commented 2015-08-16 13:01:30 -0700
    This year we expect another 900 laws to wend through the Sacramento Capitol. Many of these laws are requested, influenced or even written by organizations or groups and will benefit a narrow segment of the population. Meanwhile the citizens of California are saddled with more regulation and in some cases fees and taxation.

    Some laws benefit business and industry. Some are passed as a window dressing effort to legislate a solution that is better off addressed in the community, or a “tough on crime” effort to pander to the voter base. And some laws dig California deeper under a suffocating blanket of debt.

    The idea behind this law is simple. As citizens we are expected to operate within the law. We often hear an officer handing us a ticket for an infraction we have never heard of say “Ignorance of the law is no excuse”. Today ignorance of the law is an inescapable reality. There are over thousands and thousands of vehicle codes that govern your automobile experience on the California roadway. My father was pulled over outside Susanville at 11:30pm one night in April and when he asked the Deputy why the deputy told him “there are about a thousand moving violations I could charge you with right now, even though your car is registered and you were going the speed limit. I just wanted to see what you were doing on the road tonight.”

    This requirement would force the removal of an existing law in favor of a newer better one. This could help to put a cap on the type of nonsense that is created when a law is passed having unintended consequences thereby requiring another law to remedy the unforeseen ramifications of the first one.

    Take the approach to Teen driving a few years back. It was determined that teens needed more experience behind the wheel at 16 years old (due in large part to the overwhelming anarchy that exists on our roadways today) So the legislators created an industry by requiring teens take a $300 driving class. Part of this legislative effort also concluded that it would be illegal for someone between 16 and 18 to travel with their friends for the first year of possessing their license. This allows officers to pull kids over if they are riding together at any time if they appear to be under 20 and traveling with other people in the car.

    Kids began to get in the trunk to go to the movies or bible study or to school so as not to get pulled over and lose the driving privilege. After a few kids were killed because they were riding in the trunk when the car was rear ended, legislators passed a new law making it illegal to travel in the trunk of a car. Now any car driven by a person thought to be under 20 years of age with a trunk can be pulled over and the trunk searched.

    This is but one example of the types of nonsense that would come to an end should this idea come to fruition. Passing billion dollar bonds might be another. Regardless, this one idea alone could achieve a remarkable feat that is a long time coming; making our legislature go from full time to part time.

    I see this as a win win win for the citizens. Special interest would no longer be special. Laws would need to address real time issues and benefit the entire citizenry, not a select few with deep pockets. And we would endure fewer laws that fee, license, tax, tell what we can do, tell us what we can’t do or all of the above. A bureaucrat and lobbyist’s nightmare and a dream come true for the average Californian.

    Thank you for your contest and considering all the great ideas that came from the exercise, not just the finalists.
  • Sam Toll
    followed this page 2015-08-16 13:00:29 -0700