Assembly Bill 284 in California had little chance of passage because it dealt with an actual problem and was getting pushback from some muscular lobbies.
Steven Greenhut writes:
There are two rules of thumb to keep in mind when following the California legislature.
First, lawmakers love to prattle about pie-in-the-sky issues, such as halting global warming, but steadfastly avoid tackling nuts-and-bolts issues (pension liabilities, infrastructure repairs) that cry out for attention but run up against powerful special-interest groups.
Second, you always know it's a cop-out when legislators promise to "study" something.
The gutting of a police-reform bill last week combined both of those realities.