California’s idiotic legislators

In California, it is illegal for businesses to charge  a fee to use a credit card (but of course governments are exempt), but it is legal to offer a discount for payment by any other means. California Civil Code Section 1748.1 states:

(a) No retailer in any sales, service, or lease transaction
with a consumer may impose a surcharge on a cardholder who elects to
use a credit card in lieu of payment by cash, check, or similar
means. A retailer may, however, offer discounts for the purpose of
inducing payment by cash, check, or other means not involving the use
of a credit card, provided that the discount is offered to all
prospective buyers.

What the heck is the difference between the surcharge on credit cards and a discount on other means of payment? Why can’t legislators write laws that make sense???

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Stupid lawmakers

A 19-year old University of Minnesota student was charged with violating state law by attempting to sell his vote in this November’s presidential election.  It is ridiculous to charge anybody with violating this law when lawmakers from all political parties do it all the time as routine business.