Feb. 24, 2012 | Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi's infamous brain tumor defense may now be applied to her extremely thin amount of legislative activity in the week's after pleading guilty to misdemeanor shoplifting charges last month.
Today is the last day for state legislators to submit bills for consideration during this session. On Thursday alone, an avalanche of 386 bills were introduced in both houses. But, just one was offered by Hayashi--a specious piece of legislation regarding guide dogs.
The bill adds the word "ailing" to existing law requiring guide dog trainers to take back canines from blind users who no longer wish to use their services if the the dogs are not too old to be retrained for another person.
During the current session, Hayashi has authored 23 bills and resolutions, but just 5, not including 2 ceremonially resolutions, since she plead guilty to shoplifting $2,450 in clothing from a San Francisco Neiman Marcus store. Hayashi, who is termed-out this year, later claimed a benign brain tumor--previously undisclosed to the public--may have caused her to walked out of the Union Square department with a pair of black leather pants and two tops.
Although not all bills are created equally, the quality and public usefulness of Hayashi's output since the new year borders on frivolousness, and in other cases, slight clerical changes.
When the assembly reconvened after the holiday break, Hayashi presented two bills pertaining to high schools sports and head injuries--a common tread among her recent legislation. Both are riffs on a similar bill signed by the governor last year meant to aid coaches and parent better monitor concussions caused during high school sports. AB 1449 would merely require the school district's superintendent to format an information sheet compiled from authorization forms signed by parents and athletes before the first practice commences.
AB 1451 would require high school sports coaches to attain additional training for understanding symptoms relating to neck injuries, concussions, asthma attacks and heat stroke.
Hayashi's flimsy legislative record this session continues with another bill requiring county and city clerks to place a link on their respective Web sites for users to find candidate and elected officials statements of economic interests. The information is already provided by the California Fair Political Practices Commission. Another bill presented by Hayashi with great fanfare last month would create vanity license plates supporting the LGBT community.
The limited breadth of Hayashi's work over the last two months also include a resolution making Jan. 13 Korean American Day and proclaiming February as "Children's Dental Health Month."