Sacramento, CA -- California Senate bill 648, which would have banned the use of vapor products wherever smoking is prohibited and declared that the devices "may be a hazard to the health of the general public," had already passed in the California Senate and was scheduled to be discussed yesterday by the California Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization.
CASAA members, consumers and California NORML members called their representatives and sent hundreds of emails and letters in opposition to the proposed bill.
"The news from Sacramento is that that Senator Corbett pulled the bill from the agenda because the members of the Committee on Governmentlal Organization were prepared to vote it down in great numbers," said CASAA Legislative Director Gregory Conley. "While this bill may be resurrected for the 2014 legislative sessions, all indications are that it is dead for the rest of 2013," he said.
Conley said that having SB648 pulled from the agenda is a victory that was "all thanks to the great amount of pressure put on legislators by e-cigarette users and supporters."
CASAA member Jan Parcel was in Sacremento yesterday, to speak before the Committee, when she was approached by a state assemblyman.
"He recognized us and said SB648 was off the agenda until January at the earliest," she reported.
"The Representative said Senator Corbett might have decided that she did not have enough votes to get through committee at this time. A speaker that we recognized as being one of Senator Corbett's co-speakers from the Senate Health Committee hearing was there 1/2 hour early and, unlike us, was clearly surprised at the cancellation," Parcel said.
CASAA will be watching for SB648 to be reintroduced in the January session, but encourages members to continue to contact their representatives asking them to oppose the bill. More information can be found at http://blog.casaa.org/2013/03/call-to-action-california-e-cigarette.html