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Is 'Panera-Gate' a Real Scandal or Politics As Usual?

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A sign is posted on the exterior of a Panera Bread restaurant on Nov. 9, 2021 in Novato, Marin County. After going private in 2017 when JAB Holding bought the company for $7.5 billion, Panera bread will go public once again through an initial public offering. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The process of creating laws is under new scrutiny after a political ally of Gov. Gavin Newsom — the owner of the Panera Bread chain — appeared to benefit from an exemption in a new state law taking effect next month that will raise the hourly wages of fast food workers to $20 an hour. 

Finding out exactly how the exemption got into the legislation was complicated after it was revealed that a major labor union required negotiators working on the bill to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. Now a Republican lawmaker is trying to ban NDAs in lawmaking. 

Scott talks with Chris Micheli, a registered lobbyist and former general counsel for the California Manufacturers Association, about the use of NDAs in drafting state legislation.


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