In Executive Order No. 2,
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has frozen all pending state regulations
for a duplicative review of their impact on businesses in the state.
The 180 day freeze is a special interest coup d’etat.
Among the spectrum of laws to be put on hold include pending
regulations to root out pesticides, to protect Californians’ financial
privacy, to create drinking water standards for arsenic and
perchlorate, to implement electronic waste legislation, and to publicly
disclose on the Internet doctors’ medical negligence settlements.
For a governor who wants to reduce government burdens and stop special
interests, this executive order forces governmental agencies to do
their job twice and gives big business a reprieve on consumer and
environmental protection laws passed during the last two years. It is
both a waste of taxpayer money and an abuse of power.
The regulatory process is where a governor can slow and stop
already-enacted laws that his contributors do not like. Arnold’s
biggest contributors in agribiz, finance and the medical-insurance
complex won big today. This executive order rolls back vital public
protections and only serves the large industries that have fought tooth
and nail to make sure they do not become law. Day One and special
interests across the board are already having their biggest victory in