A bill touted as providing legal protections to neighbors affected by the Aliso Canyon gas leak failed to muster the needed votes in the Assembly on Thursday amid strong opposition from businesses and the California Chamber of Commerce, which labeled it a “job killer.”
The bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) failed on a 28-32 vote — it needed 41 votes to pass. Gatto was given permission to bring it back up in the future if he can get the needed votes.
Gatto’s bill would extend the statute of limitations from two to three years for filing civil actions alleging injury, illness or death caused by exposure to a hazardous material or toxic substance.
Landlords in California would be able to prohibit tenants from smoking medical marijuana in rented residences under legislation approved Thursday by the state Assembly.
Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) introduced the measure, citing a UC San Francisco study that suggests that secondhand cannabis smoke results in similar cardiovascular effects as tobacco smoke. California law already allows landlords to bar the smoking of tobacco in rented units.
“Neighbors living in multifamily housing can be exposed to toxic or unwanted secondhand smoke,” Wood told his colleagues. “It’s a nuisance that tenants shouldn’t have to live with.”
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a pack of bills that will raise the smoking age in California from 18 to 21, and restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.
However, Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed counties to seek voter approval of local tobacco taxes to pay for healthcare expenses for those with tobacco-related illnesses.
“Although California has one of the lowest cigarette tax rates in the nation, I am reluctant to approve this measure in view of all the taxes being proposed for the 2016 ballot,” Brown wrote in his veto message for a bill by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica).