Gino DiCaro

Sacred sites bill to stall until January

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, Aug. 26, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

This week, California legislators considered last-minute legislation that could give an influential Native American tribe the power to block a Southern California quarry project it opposes. AB 742 (Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach) would require tribes to sign off on reclamation projects proposed within certain distances of a sacred site, reservation boundaries and the waterways connected to the Santa Margarita River -- specifications designed to meet the proposed Liberty Quarry project in Riverside County. 

Deadlines for introducing and holding policy hearings on proposed legislation have long passed, but the measure surfaced last week in the form of amendments to a bill that had already cleared the Assembly (known as a “gut an amend”). The measure achieved overwhelming support by the members of the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday with a vote of 7-0 with two abstentions, but the bill is being held in the Senate Rules Committee where CMTA hears it will remain as a two-year bill until January. CMTA opposed this legislation in committee.

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