Thursday, August 11, 2005

Governator Overworked?

Ok, I'm kind of irritated by this bullshit...
By Steve Lawrence

12:38 p.m. August 11, 2005

SACRAMENTO – Responding to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's multimillion dollar deal with two muscle magazines, a state senator says she will introduce legislation Monday to bar top state officials from having second jobs.

"The truth of the matter is they are getting paid to do (state) jobs that the public perceives they're committed to 24/7," Sen. Jackie Speier said Thursday. "They accepted the positions knowing what the parameters are."

Speier, D-Hillsborough, said she would introduce a bill and a constitutional amendment to bar the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, insurance commissioner, secretary of state, treasurer, superintendent of public instruction and state controller from taking second jobs...

...Schwarzenegger's press secretary, Margita Thompson, said the Republican governor would be willing to consider signing a ban on outside jobs as long as it applied to legislators as well as statewide officials...

Yeah pretty much just a bitch (in both senses of the word). I see no reason why a government official should be prevented from having an outside job so long as there is no conflict of interest, or appearance of impropriety.

In fact Schwarzenegger decided the contract could be interpreted by SOME (read liberal scumbags) as a conflict of interest and dropped it.

But this is jsut bad law. It's jsut plain stupid, AND there are some FEDERAL constitutional implications (prior restraint, freedom of association etc...). Of course theres precedent from other states and it’s never been taken to a higher court as far as I know.

Just another piece of “there oughta be a law” bullshit.