A California state legislator withdrew a bill Wednesday that would have repealed a ban on communists working in the state government and excised anti-communist language from the books.
Earlier this month, Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) proposed AB 22, which passed the State Assembly on a narrow vote, over the objections of Republicans, particularly those representing the Vietnamese community in Southern California.
On Wednesday, according to the Associated Press, Bonta “announced he was shelving the bill and apologized to veterans and people who fled the communist regime in Vietnam.”
The Sacramento Bee quotes Bonta’s apology, which specifically mentioned the lobbying efforts of California’s Vietnamese community: “Through my conversations with veterans and members of the Vietnamese American community, I heard compelling stories of how AB 22 caused real distress and hurt for proud and honorable people. For that, I am sorry.” full story