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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.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Koby Leibowitz, KRON 4

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday proposed 10 new gun control bills to the state’s nation-leading gun restrictions in the wake of the latest mass shooting in Florida.

The proposals to be considered later this spring include expanding the definition of assault rifles; expanding gun violence restraining orders; letting individuals block themselves from buying guns; and cracking down on homemade “ghost guns.”

Recent shootings including the Feb. 14 slayings of 17 people at a Florida high school show California can do more to restrict gun violence, Democratic Assembly members said.

“While I am proud to say that California is home to some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, you know there is still work to be done,” said Assemblyman Bill Quirk of Hayward.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday proposed 10 new gun control bills to the state's nation-leading gun restrictions in the wake of the latest mass shooting in Florida.

The proposals to be considered later this spring include expanding the definition of assault rifles; expanding gun violence restraining orders; letting individuals block themselves from buying guns; and cracking down on homemade "ghost guns."

Recent shootings including the Feb. 14 slayings of 17 people at a Florida high school show California can do more to restrict gun violence, Democratic Assembly members said.

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

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.