Pastor: 'Bullying' of voters is motive behind legislation

Friday, April 16, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

signing petitionsLegislation in California, if it becomes law, would allow politicians to see the names of people that signed the petitions against them – which a pastor says would essentially legitimize a form of bullying.

SB 663, introduced on February 19, passed out of the State Senate Elections Committee on Monday by a vote of 4-1.

"The man who engineered this bill … is none other than Senator Josh Newman," Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel-Chino Hills told the Washington Watch with Tony Perkins program. Newman is a Democrat representing California's 29th District.

"Josh Newman was recalled [in 2018] by the California voter," the pastor noted, "and … he's the author of this legislation that would intimidate, that would silence anyone who would sign a petition in the future; and not only that, [it] would reveal their private name and their employment."

During a public hearing, Newman defended his bill, saying it's "a fundamental tenet of the American justice system that the accused should always have the right to face his or her accusers." In contrast, Hibbs – who was involved in the recall petition against Governor Gavin Newsom (D-California) – called the bill "textbook bullying."

Hibbs

"This is the Democrat mode of operation," Hibbs continued. "Find those who speak up against you and destroy them."

Show host Tony Perkins chimed in: "This is voter intimidation on steroids, to borrow a phrase from Joe Biden," said the president of Family Research Council.  "This is something that all Americans need to push back and weigh in on."

If passed, the bill would not take effect until next year and would not impact the recall effort against Governor Newsom.

One News Now has reached out to Senator Newman's office for comment.

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