Why would you say something like that? Whereas, I don't have high confidence in any governmental organization to ratify legislation that works well with tech matters, California has lead the way for many in the past that are now national standards.
Off the top of my head, there was a time where you could buy a new car without a catalytic converter, and without any emission standard requirements in every state besides California. Same thing can be said about safety equipment or specification (bumper heights, crash standards). Currently, all the requirements that had to be met for California are nationally required.
I expect we will see the same adoption nationally for small motorized and two-stroke motors in the future. Also, the Junior College system that CA has had since (at least) 1978 (sans tuition for residents) recently had national mention.
All in all, although many protest and resist change, it seems that California legislators are more intuitive than most and they seem to have lead the nation on many other models aside from the aforementioned.