SACRAMENTO - North State Assemblyman and Chief Republican Whip Dan Logue opposed a bill on the Assembly Floor today that would criminalize farmers. Assembly Bill 2676 passed the Assembly with Logue, and all fellow Republicans voting no
"There are attorneys throughout the state jumping up and down in excitement for this bill," said Logue. "This action unleashes the hounds on hard-working farmers, many of them sincerely care about their workers and treat them like family."
AB 2676 by Assemblyman Charles Calderon (D-Los Angeles) would require anyone who 'supervises' an agricultural employee to provide the employee with 'continuous, ready access to shade that can cool the body', and provide the employee with at least one quart of 'suitably cool' water each hour. The bill does not further define these terms, and makes violation of them a misdemeanor. The punishment would be six months in county jail and/or a fine up to $10,000. If any of one of these violations results in the injury of the employee then the punishment is increased to one year in county jail and/or a fine up to $25,000.
"Those that vote for this should be the ones fined $10,000 for letting this bill get off the floor," Logue added. "Agriculture is the last industry in California truly creating wealth anymore and this bill seeks to destroy that way of life."
The bill now heads to the Governor's desk for his signature or veto.
Assemblyman Logue represents the 3rd Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Butte, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra and Yuba.