Oppose AB 22

“We must oppose Assembly Bill 22 (2017)!” – State Senator Janet Nguyen, 34th District

Assembly Bill 22 removes the legal code that exempts the State of California from hiring members of the Communist Party.

It “makes changes to existing law regarding any public employee who advocates or is knowingly a member of a subversive organization that advocates the overthrow of the federal, or any state government by force or violence.

Specifically, this bill:

1) Removes legislative findings in existing law related to ideological perceptions associated with communism, the communist movement, and the Communist Party.

2) Removes provisions in existing law related to public employees who are, or were members of the Communist Party, and instead makes the provisions applicable to any organization that advocates the forceful or violent overthrow of the federal or any state government.

The modification of provisions regarding dismissal of any public employee for such activity related to the Communist Party also are made applicable to any organization engaged in subversive activities.

3) Clarifies that provisions added by SB 97 (Tenney), Chapter 1418 of the Statutes of 1947 are not applicable to school district employees, and specifies legislative intent that the Education Code applies to those employees.


1) Provides for the dismissal of any public employee who advocates, or is knowingly a member of the Communist Party, at which time of the employee’s membership, the employee knows advocates the overthrow of the federal or any state government by force or violence.

2) Requires a public employee who is subpoenaed or ordered by the government body of the state or local agency in which he or she is employed, including its subcommittees, a committee of the Unites States Congress, State Legislature, including its committees or subcommittees, to answer questions under oath regarding his or her personal activity, knowledge or membership in the Communist Party at any time since October 3, 1945, including advocacy of the support of a foreign government against the United States in the event of hostilities between those governments.

3) Provides for suspension and dismissal from employment if there is a finding of guilt of
insubordination and violation of existing law, if the employee fails or refuses to appear and
answer as to these matters under oath.”

(Source: LegInfo.Legislature.ca.gov Bill Analysis Summary: 05/05/17- Assembly Floor Analysis)

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“We, the undersigned, do hereby stand with Senator Janet Nguyen to oppose Assembly Bill 22, legislation that will allow avowed Communists to work for the State of California.”


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