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Arnold Must Veto AB 523

Thursday, August 31, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

There’s a little PBS station in Orange County, California –KOCE.  For years it has been run by the Orange Coast Community College District, but the burden became to great, and the Trustees of the District resolved to sell it.  Bids arrived, and a religious broadcaster, Daystar, bid far and away the most money. 

The Trustees chose to accept a significantly smaller bid, and that one mostly paper, not cash.  Not surprisingly, a court overturned the ridiculous deal.

So did the Trustees do the right thing and gain the most cash for the district?  No, they tromped off to Sacramento to get special legislation allowing them to sell the station for far less than it was worth to their pals.

The bill passed the state senate last night, and one of the arguments that carried the day was that a “televangelist” couldn’t be allowed to get the license. This was a naked appeal to religious bigotry, and an expensive one. No Republican voted for the bill thank goodness.

Now the bill goes to Arnold’s desk.  He should veto it within the hour it arrives.  Not only is it an enormous waste of taxpayer money, it is a clear bit of official religious bigotry that shames the legislature that passed it.

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