It took the entire Chamber of Fools, which you may know as the California State Legislature, 234 days to pass a state budget.
But it only took one of these power mad trolls another seven days after that to introduce a bill that would mandate bi-annual smog inspections for California motorcycles starting January 1st, 2012. The budget passed February 19th. The smog check bill was introduced February 26th.
Power Mad Troll
The power mad troll behind this bill, Senate Bill 435, is California State Senator Fran Pavley. (See photo above.) Pavley is a retired middle school teacher who represents California Senate District 23. District 23 is the Westside of Los Angeles and includes West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Century City, Westwood, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, and Malibu.
Senator Pavley won her seat last November. She had previously been a State Assemblywoman but the California term limits law prohibited her from legally seeking reelection to that office. The term limits initiative was not actually intended to encourage politicians to play musical chairs but that is how it has played out.
Pavley succeeded State Senator Sheila Kuehl, another Los Angeles stereotype. You may remember Kuehl from such roles as Zelda Gilroy in the old television show The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Kuehl reprised that role in a couple of television movies. In the sequels she played Dobie Gillis’ devoted wife. In real life Kuehl is a very loud lesbian and a champion of a homosexual rights.
Senator Pavley habitually describes herself as an environmental “legend in her own time.” While living la vida dulce in the California Assembly she authored the “Pavley Bill,” AB 1493 which basically forbids the production of carbon dioxide when gasoline-which many Californians still use to fuel their cars-is burned in oxygen-such as is still found in the atmosphere of the planet Earth.
The Bush Administration contested the Pavley Bill with approximately the same sort of success the Bush Administration had at everything it touched. The Supreme Court upheld the Pavley Bill.
Pavley’s smog check law for bikes stipulates that violations “would be a crime.” So, if you haven’t picked up a charge in a while this could be your chance.
The truly great political forces in California are the public employees’ unions, especially the unions that represent public school teachers, the police and prison guards. And, sometimes the synergy is simply breathtaking to behold.
Pavley’s bill would add a section titled, in the poetry of laws, 44012.5 to the California Health and Safety Code and it would effect all “motorcycles model year 2000 or newer.” Regulations to implement the new law, “including prescribing test procedures for motorcycles” shall be adopted “by July 1, 2011.”
So stay tuned. First you make the speech. Then you pass the law. Then you hire a bunch of relatives to try to figure out how the new law might be made to work.
The bill is expected to pass easily and could do so as early as March 28th. Curiously, although California automobiles are subject to stringent emissions standards and checks and motorcycles will soon be as well, diesel trucks and trains are exempt.