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Monday, February 19, 2018

Damon Arthur, Record Searchlight

Walk down the fishing tackle aisle of most sporting goods stores and you are likely to see shelves stocked with lead fishing weights of many shapes and sizes.

While lead weights have been popular for decades among anglers, that could become a thing of the past.

A bill, AB 2787, was introduced into the California Legislature recently that would outlaw making, selling or owning most lead weights used for fishing.

The bill’s author, Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, said lead in fishing gear needs to be banned because it is toxic to wildlife.

“Small lead fishing weights, like split shots, are killing California wildlife,” Quirk said in a news release posted on his website.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Festivals and other special events in California could permit cannabis sales if this bill passes.

Staff, Special Events

Festival organizers in California would be able to permit marijuana sales at their events under a bill proposed this month by a state legislator. The only restriction would be for events held on a county fairground, according to the Los Angeles Times:

A [California] lawmaker wants the state to relax its policies prohibiting organizers of festivals and other special events in California from allowing marijuana sales and use unless the event is at a county fairground. Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) said Monday he introduced a bill on behalf of the city of Oakland, which wants marijuana sales to be allowed at its annual Art and Soul Festival this summer.

Monday, February 19, 2018

David Smith, Siskiyou Daily

The state of California could join six other states in banning small lead fishing weights if a new bill introduced on Friday is passed.


Assembly Bill 2787, introduced by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D – Hayward), would use existing hazardous waste control laws to prohibit the manufacture, sale, and purchase of any fishing weight or sinker in California if the object is under a certain size.


The ban would apply to any sinker or weight that does not have a cross section greater than or equal to 2 centimeters in length – about three quarters of an inch – is under 50 grams in mass, and contains more than 0.1 percent lead by weight. Fifty grams is approximately 1.76 ounces.


If the bill is passed, California would join Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington states, all of which have some form of ban on lead sinkers.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Establishing a surveillance system and database will help mosquito-borne diseases from spreading

SACRAMENTO – As most of California experiences a drier and warmer than normal February, mosquito experts throughout the state are ramping up for what will most likely be an early and active mosquito season. In response, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D – Hayward) has introduced legislation that will officially recognize a preventive surveillance system and database, known as CalSurv, which tracks and predicts where disease-spreading mosquitoes might emerge.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Ferguson Mitchell, The Esports Observer

Two new bills recently introduced to the Hawaiian State Legislature—HB2727 and HB2686—seek to regulate the usage of “a system of purchasing a randomized reward” (a.k.a. loot boxes) within gaming. Together, the bills would require games containing these systems to disclose that usage on the labeling and prohibit those games from being purchased by people under the age of 21.

Friday, February 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) has introduced a bill to ban small lead fishing weights. 

“Small lead fishing weights, like splitshot, are killing California wildlife,” explained Assemblymember Quirk. “Many birds consume river gravel to aid in mashing and digesting food. Often they accidentally ingest discarded lead fishing weights. The lead poisons their liver, leading to a slow death. Water fowl, in particular, are common victims,” he added

Friday, February 16, 2018

Assemblyman Bill Quirk discusses his new bill to legalize cannabis events.

Zack Ruskin, San Francisco Weekly

Imagine, if you will, a foggy afternoon in Golden Gate Park. The annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is in full swing, and as you pass by the umpteenth booth offering beer, you find yourself in front of another area for adults only — one where you can purchase and consume cannabis.

This is the intent behind Assembly Bill 2020, which Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced on Feb. 5.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced AB 2660 to simplify when consumer products are determined to be hazardous wastes, medical wastes or recyclable.

 

“Currently, the decision whether to treat shampoo or toothpaste as hazardous waste or medical waste or just waste, can be made by a teenager working at your local drug store. I have a background in astrophysics and would certainly have a hard time figuring that out,” explained Assemblymember Quirk who oversees the Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials.

 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Bill Seeks to Protect the Viability of California’s LifeLine Program

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced a bill today to once again improve the impact and effectiveness of the LifeLine Program. Administered by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the program provides discounted home phone and cell phone services for qualifying low-income households to help consumers lower the cost of their phone bills. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

HAYWARD – In honor of the 24th annual World Spay Day, and in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and the Hayward Animal Shelter hosted their third annual “All Fur Love” pet adoption event.