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How to report those big bully bureaucrats

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By: Sam Aanestad, State Senator, 4th District
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Small business owners are under assault in California from unelected and unaccountable government bureaucrats who aggressively use the California State Labor Code to levy fines or just bully business owners into submission. Business owners who have attended a series of job loss forums tell me that a hostile bureaucracy is one of their biggest problems. That’s why I’ve created a special “Bully Bureaucrat Hotline” on my State Senate Web site and introduced legislation designed to amend the California State Labor Code. I would encourage business owners from every corner of California to visit my site and use the hotline if they’ve been harassed or bullied by one regulator or another. California regulators and bureaucrats should be in the business of educating and helping our small business interests. There is a right way and a wrong way to conduct the business of regulation in California. The hotline on my Web page will help tell us just how extensive this problem is. If Auburn Journal readers have a story to tell about one of these meetings – or if they’ve been fined for a violation of codes they did not understand or were not aware of – I would like to hear from them. Please visit my State Senate Web site and report this abuse. This State Legislature needs to understand that small business is the economic engine that drives California. Sam Aanestad, 4th Senate District ----------------- Bully Bureaucrat Hotline www.sen.ca.gov/aanestad