OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on October 13 struck down a bill that would have given temporary disability benefits to school resource officers who sustained illness or injury in the line of duty.
Assembly Bill 346 – had it become a law – would have entitled officers employed by a school district, county office of education or community college to a leave of absence without loss of pay, under those circumstances. In other words, these officers would have been provided with the same protection as other first responders who work in those locations.
The sensible bill was passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate. It garnered the support of labor unions and law enforcement groups.
On the other hand, Newsom’s veto had the approval of California School Administrators, among other groups – all of which expressed concern regarding the cost of providing this stop-gap wage protection to law enforcement officers. Someone’s priorities appear to be skewed to the left.
And speaking of skewed priorities…
Newsom’s official statement about the veto decision acknowledges the fact that “local entities” such as law enforcement agencies are struggling financially. But it also calls the provisions requested in the bill the “addition of a well-intentioned but costly benefit.”
Newsom’s decision may be infuriating, yet it should come as no surprise. This is not the only time he has shown his true colors, and here’s a hint: none of them are blue.
His previous anti-cop actions include changing the standards for police deadly force measures in Assembly Bill 392, making California’s the strictest in the nation; and signing Senate Bill 192, eliminating a law which made it a crime for citizens to refuse to help a police officer.
According to the National Institute of Justice:
So Newsom thought it was reasonable to render police officers in his state helpless to actually defend themselves and to perform their sworn duties.
He found it perfectly acceptable to encourage citizens to ignore a police officer in need of assistance.
And now he has further shown his disdain for those in law enforcement by, in a manner of speaking, kicking them when they’re down.
Way to go, California. Stellar choice in leadership.