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.