California lawmaker brings own ballot measure to overturn AB 5 independent contractor law


A California lawmaker is working to bring a ballot measure before California voters in 2020 to repeal AB 5, the state law that aims to make it more difficult to classify workers as independent contractors. California Assembly member Kevin Kiley, R-Rocklin, announced the measure recently and there is a website to collect voter signatures to place it on the ballot.

An earlier effort by Kiley to kill AB 5 failed in the California legislature.

Kiley’s effort is separate from a measure by human cloud firms Uber Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UBER), Lyft Inc. (NASDAQ: LYFT) and other firms that would ensure rideshare and delivery drivers can remain independent contractors despite AB 5. That measure has already qualified for the Nov. 3 election.

Kiley told Politico that his measure would be more broad than the one backed by Uber and Lyft.