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VIDEO: Lawmakers cruise the Capitol on electric wheels

Assemblyman Devon Mathis, R-Visalia, flashes a peace sign as he rides an electric skateboard at the Capitol Monday.
Assemblyman Devon Mathis, R-Visalia, flashes a peace sign as he rides an electric skateboard at the Capitol Monday. akoseff@sacbee.com

After an initial attempt last year was tabled to tweak the language, Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen has reintroduced her bill to legalize electric skateboards in California. AB 604 would allow users to ride the motorized boards, early versions of which were prohibited in 1977, in bike lanes, on sidewalks and wherever bicycles are permitted.

The Riverbank Republican invited her colleagues to test out the skateboards on the west lawn of the Capitol Monday. Half a dozen stopped by, including Assemblyman Devon Mathis, R-Visalia, who said he picked up his sick skills as a teenager while working as a counselor at a YMCA skating camp.

While the original proposal received some pushback from bicyclists, Olsen said she is working with cycling groups this year to mitigate their concerns. “We believe both can share the road conveniently and safely,” she said.

Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.

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