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Manufacturers back down on lead-paint California ballot measure

The San Francisco Chronicle, Melody Gutierrez

SACRAMENTO — Besieged by negative publicity about a ballot measure that would have had California taxpayers pick up the bill for cleaning up lead-paint contamination in homes, paint manufacturers withdrew the measure Thursday in favor of a deal with the Legislature.

State Legislators Announce Deal to Remove Lead Paint Initiative From November Ballot

SACRAMENTO--State lawmakers gathered in Sacramento today to announce that lead paint manufacturers have removed the “Healthy Homes and Schools Act” from the November ballot.

As a result of today’s announcement, all stakeholders have agreed to work collaboratively to resolve the issues related to lead paint in older homes around the state.  Also, the three Assembly authors of pending bills in this area will be holding their bills for this legislative session - Assembly Bill 2073 (Chiu), Assembly Bill 2803 (Limon) and Assembly Bill 2136 (Bonta).

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Assemblymember Chiu Statement on Soda Tax Deal

Assemblymember David Chiu (D - San Francisco) today issued the following statement regarding AB 1838 and SB 872:

“It is with great disappointment and disgust that I have to cast a vote for AB 1838 and SB 872 today.  Politics often comes down to impossible choices, and today was no exception.