High-end California retailers are one signature away from continuing to stock their shelves with alligator belts and crocodile handbags for at least another five years.
Lawmakers sent Assembly Bill 2075 to Gov. Jerry Browns desk Monday, again stalling a ban on the sale and importation of alligator parts, including skins and meat.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was known to wear a pair of gator-skin cowboy boots, signed legislation in 2006 that lifted a ban on the sale of alligator and crocodile parts. But because of a sunset clause, that ban was set to go back into effect on Jan. 1. With support from diverse set of interests the California Restaurant Association, Brooks Brothers and Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu the Assembly voted to extend the sunset clause until 2020, pending the governors approval. The original bill called for a 10-year extension but was watered down in the Senate.
Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, said letting the ban kick in would have a chilling effect on the economic activity associated with alligator sale.
I assure you members that this bill will not bring you any crocodile tears, Alejo said.
Six Northern California Democrats on Monday warned against secret California water negotiations, and urged Sen. Dianne Feinstein to open up the talks. Signed by Reps. Jared Huffman, George Miller, John Garamendi, Jerry McNerney, Doris Matsui and Mike Thompson, the letter asked for public and transparent negotiations concerning drought legislation. The Republican-controlled House and Democratic-controlled Senate have passed competing versions of a relief bill.
I want to thank him for awakening this beast of a community.
Sen. Ricardo Lara, Bell Gardens Democrat, on former Gov. Pete Wilsons support of Proposition 187 in 1994