Hundreds Expected at Rally to Repeal AB 5 Banned most Independent Contracting

by Placerville Newswire / Jan 27, 2020 / comments

[Joshua Hoover, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley]

SACRAMENTO – On Tuesday, January 28, at 10:00 a.m. Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin), Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore), and independent professionals from across California will gather on the West Steps of the State Capitol for a Rally to Repeal AB 5.   Tomorrow hundreds of those impacted by the law will descend on the Capitol to ask the Governor and Legislature to restore their Right to Earn a Living, with 1,500 individuals expressing interest on the Facebook event page.

WHAT:

Rally to Repeal AB 5

 

WHERE:

California State Capitol, West Steps

 

WHEN:

Tuesday, January 28 at 10:00 a.m.

 

WHO:

Walter Kirn, Bestselling author

Peter Kalivas, Broadway performer and dance company founder

Brian Ralston, Independent film composer and producer

David Higbee, Certified interpreter and translator

Erica Sandberg, Freelance writer

Tom Wiggins, Musician

Mike Mason, Child Abuse Prevention Council of Placer County

Caleb Trotter, Pacific Legal Foundation

Assemblyman Kevin Kiley

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez

Members of the Senate and Assembly

 

WHY:

Assembly Bill 5, passed and signed last fall, has banned most independent contracting in California. Many freelancers, gig workers, entrepreneurs, and other independent professionals spanning at least 150 professions are now unable to earn a living in our state. Tomorrow hundreds of those impacted by the law will descend on the Capitol to ask the Governor and Legislature to restore their Right to Earn a Living, with 1,500 individuals expressing interest on the Facebook event page.

Assemblyman Kevin Kiley has introduced AB 1928, urgency legislation to repeal AB 5 immediately, as well as ACA 19 to put the Right to Earn a Living in the California Constitution. He has also put together a 200-page book of heartbreaking stories from Californians who have lost their livelihoods.

Finally, thought leaders and news outlets from across the political spectrum have decried the law. Even Governor Newsom’s own former deputy chief of staff has called AB 5 “one of the most destructive pieces of legislation in the last 20 years.” Here are just a few of those articles:

The Daily Kos called AB 5 “asinine and counterproductive” and urged other states not to make the same mistake as California.

The Pacific Research Institute called the law “a historic mistake” and explained how it will stifle innovation across the state.

Rebecca Lawson, a former writer for SB Nation, was one of the first to share her story about AB 5 taking her livelihood, expressing, “I am heartbroken that the state I love so much has forced a company I love working for to cut formal ties with people who are doing amazing work -- and who are able to help themselves and their families with the extra income that a passion project or side hustle can sometimes provide.”


Assemblyman Kevin Kiley represents the 6th Assembly District, which includes the Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado County communities of Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Loomis, Orangevale, Penryn, Rocklin, Roseville, and Sheridan.