California may end ban on communists in government jobs

FILE — In this Aug. 31, 2016 file photo Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, speaks during a legislative session, in Sacramento, Calif. The Assembly approved Bonta’s measure, AB22 that would prevent California state employees from being fired for being a member of the Communist Party. The bill now goes to the Senate. Rich Pedroncelli AP Photo

 

The state Assembly voted Monday, May 8 to approve a bill that would eliminate Cold War-era language that allows California to fire any state worker who is a communist. In this clip, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, introduced his bill before facing opposition from Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach. California Channel

Being a communist would no longer be a fireable offense for California government employees under a bill passed Monday by the state Assembly.

Lawmakers narrowly approved the bill to repeal part of a law enacted during the Red Scare of the 1940s and ’50s when fear that communists were trying to infiltrate and overthrow the U.S. government was rampant. The bill now goes to the Senate.

It would eliminate part of the law that allows public employees to be fired for being a member of the Communist Party.

Employees could still be fired for being members of organizations they know advocate for overthrowing the government by force or violence.

Full article: California may end ban on communists in government jobs (The Sacramento Bee)

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