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AM Alert: Assemblyman Marc Steinorth wants you to adopt a pet

California Republicans get sweaty for dog safety

In this promotional video produced by California Assembly Republicans on May 16, 2016, lawmakers advocate for Assembly Bill 797, which would allow people to break dogs out of hot cars. From left, they are Assemblymembers Kristin Olsen of Riverbank
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In this promotional video produced by California Assembly Republicans on May 16, 2016, lawmakers advocate for Assembly Bill 797, which would allow people to break dogs out of hot cars. From left, they are Assemblymembers Kristin Olsen of Riverbank

Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga, will pay for up to 400 pet adoptions as part of a three-day pet adoption drive beginning today.

Steinorth will visit four shelters in Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands and San Bernardino over the weekend and pay for up to 100 adoptions at each location. Steinorth will also use the opportunity to promote his Assembly Bill 797 that would allow people to break into cars to save trapped animals on hot days.

Steinorth is using campaign funds to pay for the adoptions, a spokesman said.

Today’s adopt-a-thon isn’t the first event Steinorth has participated in to push his bill. This spring, he sweated it out in a hot car (and took video) with GOP Assemblywomen Kristin Olsen of Riverbank and Ling Ling Chang of Diamond Bar to prove a point.

The bill was on the Senate’s file Thursday but was not taken up.

Victoria Stewart, a spokesperson for Steinorth, said the assemblyman doesn’t have any animals currently, but could be persuaded to adopt one this weekend by his kids.

The adoption fair begins Friday at 10 a.m. at Devore Animal Shelter in San Bernardino.

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CELEBRATING: Happy birthday on Saturday to former Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-Cupertino, who is turning 64.

Jim Miller of the Bee Capitol Bureau contributed to this report

Anshu Siripurapu: 916-321-1060, @AnshuSiripurapu

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