What do you do when California's chief justice writes an opinion you don't agree with? If you're Republicans in the Legislature, you vote to make sure that crime victims have to keep riding in elevators with criminal defendants, that jurors have to keep fighting traffic to reach courthouses as far as 30 miles from their homes, that judges continue to worry about the safety and security of everyone in their courtrooms.
Take that, Ronald M. George. Dare to issue a ruling that crosses some members of the chief justice's own political party, as George and a majority of the state Supreme Court did in the same-sex marriage ruling of May 16, and be prepared to have state GOP lawmakers attempt to vote down a sensible bill to fund much-needed courthouse construction and improvements without imposing any new burden on the state budget.
That's a budget, by the way, that these same Republicans have held up for nearly the first quarter of the current fiscal year. There are enough of them to do that, but fortunately that's still too few to block passage of SB 1407 by Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland). The bill, if signed by the governor, would increase some criminal fines and civil fees to help pay back revenue bonds, as opposed to the sort of general obligation borrowing that the state indulges in with increasing frequency.