TOKYO - APRIL 25: A crying baby is carried by Sumo wrestling student during the Crying Sumo competition at Sensoji Temple on April 25, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. The first baby to cry wins the competition. The ceremony takes place in Japan to wish for the good health of the child as it is said that crying is good for the health of babies. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)
Do you have a choice for the worst bill in the California legislature?
If so, we'd love to hear from you at Prop Zero.
And to get the conversation started, here's my choice: AB 889.
What I am about to tell you about AB 889 is not a joke. It is real.
This is a bill that requires you to carry workers compensation coverage, pay overtime, provide breaks and compile a detailed pay stub for virtually any person who does domestic work in your home.
Of course, abuse of domestic workers is a real problem in California. But such a law -- which is unlikely to be followed or enforced -- doesn't really do anything about that problem.
It merely exhibits a mindset that no transaction -- even paying a college kid to watch your kids -- should be free from the long arm of government.
It's almost as if the sponsor, San Francisco legislator Tom Ammiano, is determined to embdoy the worst caricatures of San Francisco liberals.
Even if this bill were to be passed -- and it's remarkably still alive as of this writing -- don't expect that nothing will come of it.
The bill gives your babysitter the opportunity to seek legal redress, presumably through a wage and hour lawsuit, against you. These sorts of lawsuits have been used against fast-food providers who didn't play by California's onerous wage and hour laws.
In the world we live in, one has to wonder if there's a judge somewhere that wouldn't certify a class action of babysitters. Talk about a babysitters club.