Action has been deferred in the California State Assembly on a bill that would have required a three-mile buffer zone between new and expanding dairies, urban areas and schools.

Following approval in the State Senate, the bill's sponsor determined that he did not have enough votes in the other legislative chamber, the Assembly, for passage. So, he has decided to hold the bill until a later date.

The proposed legislation, SB 707, is targeted specifically at the dairy industry, says Jim Tillison, executive director of the Alliance of Western Milk Producers. And, "it confuses the whole decision-making process at the local level." Traditionally, county governments have handled land-use issues in California, but this bill would give municipalities and even school boards a greater say in where dairies are located.