SACRAMENTO — A bill abolishing the state Board of Dry Cleaning and Fabric Care was sent to the governor Friday, ending Orange County Assemblyman Ross Johnson's crusade to rid California of what he calls its most useless bureaucracy.
The final 63-7 vote in the Assembly marked the first time the Legislature has voted to permanently do away with a licensing agency it had established.
Johnson, a Republican from La Habra, declared war on the dry cleaning board two years ago after an elderly Anaheim dry cleaner was jailed by board agents.
Johnson said that the jailing of Joe Kaska, then 76, was clearly an overreaction to a minor, inadvertent licensing violation: the lapsing of a surety bond. Even more bothersome, Johnson said, were indications that the incident was inspired by the board's effort to improve its image because of an earlier bill to abolish it.