California lawmakers consider measures on ride services, rent, death penalty

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UPDATED 9:00 AM PT — Thursday, September 12, 2019

The governor of California is preparing to either approve or toss a number of ballot measures ahead of a Friday deadline. One bill involves rideshare companies Lyft and Uber. It would require the services to grant certain protections to contract drivers such as minimum wage and workers compensation.

“We’re asking for a driver bill of rights, right now we have no rights. As contract workers, we don’t control wages, we don’t control rates, we don’t control our schedule. I have to work more hours to make what I was making three-years ago, and six weeks ago my salary got hit by a 25-percent reduction in salary.”

— Mario Fabiala, Uber driver

Governor Gavin Newsom has promised to sign the bill, however, Uber has said it will refuse to comply and classify its drivers as employees. Instead, the rideshare company will continue to classify them as “independent contractors.” Uber is also pushing for an initiative to block the measure from being passed

Meanwhile, the governor is also receiving push back from state lawmakers following a moratorium as the California Supreme Court refused to block death penalty cases from proceeding. Newsom expressed his disapproval of the death penalty Wednesday, adding, if his name is attached to the bill then he “wouldn’t be able to sleep at night.”

File – In this March 13, 2019, file photo, provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, a gurney is removed from the death penalty chamber at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. California’s Supreme Court has refused to block death penalty cases from continuing during Gov. Gavin Newsom’s moratorium on executions. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File)

“There was a national academy of science report that came out that estimates that one out of every 25 people on death row is innocent, stated Newsom. “If that’s the case that means that if we move forward with executing 737 people in California, we will have executed roughly 30 people that are innocent.”

As for the state’s housing crisis, a bill has been approved to curb rent increases and give more power to leasers. Governor Newsom will have until Friday to decide whether to act on these measures.