Senator Proposes 'Three Strikes and Out of Business' State Law
A company's third felony conviction would bring a ban on operating in California.
SACRAMENTO -- A "three strikes" bill that would prohibit companies with multiple convictions from doing business in California was launched in the Senate on Tuesday. [...] On a 5-2 vote over Republican opposition, they sent the bill (SB 335) to the full Senate, where its passage is expected. Under the measure, sponsored by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, a business convicted of three felonies in state or federal courts in California would be prevented from doing business in the state.
Proponents of the bill argued that enforcement of existing laws that can put a corporation out of business is weak and seldom exercised. Romero said current penalties are civil fines or financial settlements whose effects are short-lived and can be chalked up by corporate bad actors as merely the cost of doing business. [...]
The bill drew opposition from the California Chamber of Commerce, whose lobbyist, Dominic DiMare, criticized it as unnecessary. He said it was so broadly written that the criminal activity of only one company executive could set off a chain of events that might bring the entire corporation down, including its subsidiaries in other states.
"It takes people to do the crime, not the corporation," DiMare said. [...]
The Romero plan would provide that the first two strikes against the criminal corporation could occur in any state, not just California. But the third felony would have to be committed in California.
The strikes would apply to virtually any type of felony, ranging from violations of the tax and consumer protection codes to offenses involving civil rights, antitrust and environmental protection, among others.
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