AB 899: Nanny state now regulates nannies

Who would have thunk it? Tom Ammiano is taking a page from “Atlas Shrugged” – create criminals where none existed before. Not content with criminalizing light bulbs, toilets, smoking in your own apartment, Happy Meals, Styrofoam containers, and plastic grocery bags, Rep. Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has a bill in the state legislature (AB 899) that would punish parents and teenage babysitters. The bill, which is meant to cover nannys, housekeepers, and other in-home workers, will also cover babysitters. In a huge bit of irony, this ridiculous bill is further intrusion of the nanny state in the affairs of everyone who needs help at home.

A source in the legislature states, “Under AB 889, household “employers” (aka “parents”) who hire a babysitter on a Friday night will be legally obligated to pay at least minimum wage to any sitter over the age of 18 (unless it is a family member), provide a substitute caregiver every two hours to cover rest and meal breaks, in addition to workers’ compensation coverage, overtime pay, and a meticulously calculated timecard/paycheck.

Ayn Rand, who knows a few things about tyranny, having emigrated to America from Russia after living through the Communist takeover during the Russian Revolution, had this to say:

“The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”

Failure to abide by any of these provisions of AB 899 may result in a legal cause of action against the employer including cumulative penalties, attorneys’ fees, legal costs and expenses associated with hiring expert witnesses, an unprecedented measure of legal recourse provided no other class of workers…”

The bill has already passed the Assembly and is advancing through the Senate with support from the Democrat members that control both houses in Sacramento.

California Democrat legislators must feel they have done enough to improve California’s economy, so now they can focus on punishing parents and teenagers.

~ Greg Duncan publishes www.determinatus.com.


  1. says

    Jim, Thanks for the clarifications. You are correct that Ammiano is an assemblyman, not a representative, although as an assemblyman he does “represent” his district. I was referring to his duties, not his title.
    The bill has not been killed, it is in “suspense” upon further review by appropriations.

  2. Jim Sams says

    Try to keep up with the news if you are going to write about it. The bill has already been killed by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Also Ammiano is an assemblyman, not a representative.

  3. Cory says

    Well, that guarantees that no one over the age of 18 will be babysitting after a few labor board lawsuits.