Cottie Petrie-Norris Votes with Liberal Special Interests on ‘Gig Economy’ Bill



Cottie Petrie-Norris Votes with Liberal Special Interests on ‘Gig Economy’ Bill

AD74 candidate Kelly Ernby calls the vote “a step in the wrong direction” for working Californians  

(Orange County, CA) – Freshman Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris yesterday voted for AB5, a bill that seeks to reclassify independent contractors in sectors from nail salon workers to ride share drivers as employees.

AB5 gained national coverage amidst concerns that the legislation will introduce even more regulation to the already highly regulated employment laws in the state, a move that will cost independent contractors the flexibility their current status provides.

“With the cost of living in California at a record high, AB5 is a step in the wrong direction for Californians who work flexible independent contracting jobs to help make ends meet,” said Kelly Ernby, candidate for the 74th Assembly District. “This piece of legislation removes the freedom of employers and contractors to enter into agreements that work for their individual businesses. Supporting this measure proves that Democrat legislators in Sacramento care more about appeasing liberal special interests than they do the families and individuals across the state that will be negatively impacted by this bill.”

Kelly Ernby is a pro-business, pro-taxpayer, political outsider with over 16 years of legal experience, including more than seven as a local prosecutor. As a deputy district attorney, Ernby has litigated some of the most serious and complex cases in the areas of the environment, consumer protection, labor violations, and fraud. Ernby is a California native, the daughter of two enlisted members of the U.S. Navy and the sister to a Marine. Ernby now resides in Huntington Beach with her husband. 

The 74th district encompasses the beach towns of Huntington, Newport, and Laguna as well as Costa Mesa, Laguna Woods, and Irvine. Republicans have a 4% voter registration advantage in the district (35% Rep, 31% Dem, 30% NPP).

To learn more about Kelly and her campaign for State Assembly, visit


Mike Foster