Raw milk bill fails in California Assembly Agriculture Committee
Legislation that would have significantly relaxed current regulations by allowing the exchange, sharing and direct sale of raw milk at “home dairy farms” failed to get a motion to move out of the California Assembly Agriculture Committee. AB 2505, introduced by Assemblymember Mariko Yamadao (D-Davis), would have allowed farms with three cows or less to sell or give away fresh-from-the-udder, unpasteurized milk without complying with some of the standards that apply to larger dairies. Testimony in opposition came from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Health Officers Association of California, and numerous other organizations.
Mary McGonigle-Martin of Murrieta described her then-six-year-old son’s “odyssey through hell” after drinking raw milk and becoming hospitalized at a cost of $550,000. She faulted Yamada’s bill for failing to adequately guard against the spread of pathogens.
”Just because you are milking three cows doesn’t mean a small operation cannot contaminate the raw milk,” McGonigle-Martin said.
Source: Western United Dairymen
Assembly water bond hearing set for April 17 in Modesto
The California Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee will hold an oversight hearing in Modesto on the need, from a local perspective, for a 2014 water bond. The hearing will be held April 17, 4-6 p.m. at Modesto Junior College, West Campus, Mary Stuart Student Learning Center, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto.
Public comment will be taken after two panels of speaks offer their testimony. Public comment will be limited to two to three minutes. The committee is chaired by Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood). He has established an Assembly Water Bond Working Group that crafted a set of principles to set spending priorities and increase accountability to the public. Rendon is the author of AB 1331, The Clean and Safe Drinking Water Act of 2014. This bill, in its present form, includes $2.5 billion for above- and below-ground storage projects, provides $1 billion for water quality, $1.5 billion for protection of rivers and watersheds, a total of $2 billion for regional projects and integrated regional water management (IRWM), and $1 billion for the Delta Sustainability projects. More information on the proposed water bonds can be found at http://awpw.assembly.ca.gov/waterbond
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