Joel Anderson: feminist?
The conservative senator, currently running for the county Board of Supervisors (against its only female member), may not be best known for championing women’s causes, but that’s exactly how he spent much of the week.
First, he threw his support behind AB 1561, a measure to end state sales tax on feminine hygiene products put forth by Assemblywomen Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, and Ling Ling Chang, R-Diamond Bar.
Quickly dubbed the “tampon tax,” the measure drew national attention last week, and not always in a positive way. Anderson said, “It’s hard to talk about this subject,” but he agreed to co-author the bill because he “knew a lot of people would look at it with a jaundiced eye and I thought I could help.”
Anderson also tried to call for a vote to override the governor’s veto of SB 333, a bill he co-authored last session that would have made it a mandatory felony to possess “date rape” drugs with the intent to commit sexual assault.
Prior to the passage of Prop. 47 last year, prosecutors had discretion about whether to make possession of those so-called “club drugs” a felony or misdemeanor, but under the new guidelines, having those kinds of narcotics is just the lesser charge.