Thursday, March 22, 2018

California Democrats say they're introducing legislation to hold chemical companies accountable for fixing the harms of lead paint.

Jonathan J Cooper, Associated News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Democrats said Thursday they're introducing legislation to hold chemical companies accountable for fixing the harms of lead paint as manufacturers try to get a measure on the ballot to make taxpayers cover the costs.

The legislation is the latest shot in a growing battle since court rulings declared lead paint to be a public nuisance and required three companies to pay for cleanup.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Liam Dillon, Los Angeles Times

A group of state lawmakers announced legislation Thursday to fight a proposed November ballot measure that would allow three national paint companies to hand California taxpayers the bill for cleaning up hazardous lead paint in homes.

The six bills, introduced by Democratic members of the Assembly from across the state, would add legal protections for homeowners with lead paint in their residences, increase the number of lead paint inspectors and make it easier to sue the companies, among other proposals.

"For too long, paint companies have been able to dodge responsibility for their actions," said Assemblyman Rob Bonta of Alameda at a Thursday news conference.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

Lawmakers in Sacramento are proposing to preempt a plan by paint manufacturers to ask taxpayers to pay for hazardous lead-based paint removal from older homes in California through a voter-approved $2 billion bond.

Legislation announced Thursday includes a bill that — if the companies’ initiative passes in November — would add a fee to all paint sales in California, with the money going to a fund for residents to clean up any paint containing lead in their homes. The fee would not repeal the taxpayer-funded bond but would eliminate the need to use its proceeds for the cleanup.

The paint-makers are circulating the initiative to counter a state appeals court ruling in November that found three companies — ConAgra, NL Industries and Sherwin-Williams — responsible for cleanup costs because they had marketed lead-based paint for decades while knowing it was dangerous to children.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Sacramento, CA – Advocates for children, the environment and social justice joined Assemblymembers Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), Rob Bonta (D-Alameda), Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles), David Chiu (D-San Francisco), Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley), and Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) to unveil a package of bills that will safeguard children from the health consequences of toxic lead and protect homeowners from threats of frivolous lawsuits by giant paint corporations.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Jamie Drake, The Enterprise

Chances are, if you like to fish or hunt, you’re carrying around a fair amount of lead in your ammo or tackle box. But that might change over the next few years.

Former President Barack Obama and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service already tried to outlaw lead for ammo and fishing tackle. On his last day in office, President Obama proposed a basically symbolic ban to be implemented by 2022 on all federal lands. President Donald Trump’s administration quashed that directive almost immediately. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reversed the ban on his first full day in office.

Still, the winds are a-changing.

Already lead shot for waterfowl hunting has been banned in the United States for more than 20 years. But the scope might be widening.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), several other Assembly Democrats and advocates of children and environmental safety announced a package of bills at a State Capitol news conference which will address the toxic lead paint problem in California homes built prior to 1978. The measures will safeguard children from the health consequences of toxic lead paint, remove hurdles from holding paint companies responsible, and protect homeowners form threats of frivolous lawsuits from giant paint companies.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The California Personal Care Products Council recognized Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) as “Legislator of the Year” at their annual industry lunch.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The California Legislature celebrated Women’s History Month by honoring women who have contributed to their community. Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) chose to honor Chief Sheryl Boykins at this year’s Woman of the Year Ceremony. Chief Boykins poses with Assemblymember Brian Dahle (Republican Leader), Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes, Assemblymember Susan Eggman (Chair, Women’s Caucus) and Speaker Anthony Rendon on the Assembly Floor as she receives her Woman of the Year recognition.</body></html>

Monday, March 12, 2018
Sheryl Boykins - Woman Of The Year For Assembly District 20
Sheryl Boykins - Woman Of The Year For Assembly District 20
Friday, March 2, 2018

Billy Kobin, Sacramento Bee

A California lawmaker wants to ban most lead fishing weights, arguing they are harmful to wildlife.

Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, introduced Assembly Bill 2787 on Feb. 16. The bill would outlaw the manufacture, sale and purchase of lead fishing weights that are under 50 grams.

"There's no question about the toxicity of lead," Quirk said. "Weights of these sizes can be and are ingested by wildlife. These weights are also the most likely to result in human exposure from, for example, an angler clamping a (lead) weight onto the line with his or her teeth."

Opponents from the fishing industry, however, say studies that illustrate the impact of lead weights on animals in California are lacking and that a ban would financially cripple anglers and fishing guides.

Six states along with Canada have some form of a ban on lead fishing weights.