August 31, 2016
David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress urgently need your help to prevent the state government from taking away their, and basically our, right to exercise freedom of speech. PLEASE, BEGIN NOW, TO CONTACT THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE AND URGE THAT HE VETO AB 1671. . To email: https://govnews.gov.ca.gov/gov39mail/index.php. Once connected follow instructions.
This bill applies prior restraint on speech which is illegal. It will stop whistleblowers.
Assembly member Jimmy Gomez, (D-East L.A.) is author of AB 1671, Confidential Communications: Disclosure. Planned Parenthood is the sponsor. The objective of this bill is to criminalize the activity of David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress.
The bill was, according to opponents, so poorly written that it also threatened the freedom of speech for the media, the ACLU and other groups which caused them to lobby aggressively against the bill. The ACLU still, as of this writing, opposes the bill.
Planned Parenthood was so unnerved by the attention and the loss of some funding provided by the Center for Medical Progress that they turned to their greatest ally, the state legislature, to create a bill to criminalize the work of the Center for Medical Progress and, especially targeting David Daleiden.
The bill has sailed through 5 Assembly and Senate committee and one Assembly floor hearings with a vote total of 81 “YES” and 38 “NO.” Votes, However, it was heavily opposed, initially by the California Newspaper Assn, the ACLU and a number of other big lobbies due to the potential of the loss of First Amendment rights for those groups as well.
At the last minute just prior to a final Senate floor vote when it looked like the bill might fail it was whisked into a Senate Rules committee hearing where a waiver was granted protecting the First Amendment rights to the media. A media representative, unwilling to give his name, stated that they had no signal from the Governor as to what he was prepared to do should the bill reach his desk, so the Media even though it realizes that this waiver weakens the protects to Freedom of speech had to step in and ask for a waiver to protect its members rights to publish.
The bill, AB 1671, will, most likely go quickly to the Senate floor for a final vote and on to the Governor. To phone 916-445-2841. This is an automated line. Follow instructions. Be prepared to state reason for call. It will accept only one bill at a time.
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