A law that banned communists from working in the government may be repealed in California if a new Democrat-pushed bill passes the state Senate. The bill was passed Monday by the state Assembly by a narrow margin.
The new law would specifically allow members of the Communist Party to hold government positions.
Many Assembly Republicans, like Randy Voepel, are not happy with the change saying communists in North Korea and China are “still a threat.” Others spoke out against the bill as well.
“This bill is blatantly offensive to all Californians,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen, a Republican who represents a coastal district in Southern California. “Communism stands for everything that the United States stands against.”
The initial law originated during the Red Scare in the 1940s and 50s; a time when people feared the Communist Party was trying to overthrow the U.S. government. According to the new law, employees can still be fired if they advocate overthrowing the government in any way.
According to Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D), the “AB 22 clean up bill” updates an outdated provision in state law that should be focused on the “actions of individuals and evidence of their conduct.”
H/T: The Sacramento Bee
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