A Twitter shade-fest ensued between Gonzalez's husband and the comedian.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez seemed to be keeping to time management at the California State Assembly hearing on SB 276, on Wednesday, July 10. During the public opposition portion of the meeting, Gonzalez allowed speakers to say who they were and that they were in opposition. That's it. Any efforts at testimony were met with a sharp reprimand.
This behavior left activists calling Gonzales rude and insulting especially by longtime critic Rob Schneider.
Schneider is an actor and comedian whose movies were popular in the '90s. He and Gonzales have a long history of discourse after she, in 2015, co-authored a state law where families had to provide proof of vaccines to schools and they couldn't oppose them because of personal reasons.
After the hearing on July 10 Schneider tweeted, “How do the good people of San Diego vote for this DESPICABLE & RUDE “Servant of the People?” Please CALL CAL Assemblywoman @LorenaSGonzalez & remind her this is not the SOVIET UNION & YOU ARE NOT THE CZAR OF CALI! 619-338-8090 or tel:(916)319-2080″
Gonzalez supports SB 276. Currently, schools demand all students to provide proof of vaccines and only requires a physician's note stating that the immunization might compromise the health of a child for exemption. SB 276 gets the state government involved.
"This bill [SB 276] would instead require the State Department of Public Health, by January 1, 2021, to develop and make available for use by licensed physicians and surgeons an electronic, standardized, statewide medical exemption request that would be transmitted using the California Immunization Registry (CAIR), and which, commencing January 1, 2021, would be the only documentation of a medical exemption that a governing authority may accept.
The bill would specify the information to be included in the medical exemption form, including a certification under penalty of perjury that the statements and information contained in the form are true, accurate, and complete. The bill would, commencing January 1, 2021, require a physician and surgeon to inform a parent or guardian of the bill’s requirements and to examine the child and submit a completed medical exemption request form to the department, as specified. By expanding the crime of perjury, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program."
Parentalrights.org opposes the bill, saying that it, "allows medical providers to submit a state-approved form as a means to file for a medical exemption, but it still falls exclusively to the Department of Health to approve or deny every application."
Gonzales' husband Supervisor Nathan Fletcher addressed Schneider's comments taking a jab at the actor's screen career.
"The difference between me & U @RobSchneider is that I fight to protect school kids from measles. We both changed parties (in opposite directions) & both served in military. Me for a decade in USMC (multiple combat deployments) & you for 93 minutes in 'Down Periscope'"
Of course, Schneider had a response, "The difference between me & U @nathanfletcher is that I have donated over 3 million dollars to CaliforniaPublicSchools over my lifetime. YOU changed from the Republican Party & took 355 thousand dollars from a Democratic Slush Fund that was given to U by ur wife @LorenaSGonzalez"
The full 26-minute video of the Assembly Appropriations Hearing on SB 276 is below.