ON TUESDAY MAY 16, the California Senate Criminal Procedure Committee will be voting on SB 1198 by state Sen. Quentin Kopp (Ind-SF), which would opt out of the federal "Smoke a Joint, Lose Your License" law. Gov. Wilson is backing an opposing bill, AB 1304, by Assemblyman Larry Bowler (R-Elk Grove), to extend the law indefinitely. AB 1304 recently passed out of committee, and will be voted on by the full assembly shortly.
NOW IS THE TIME TO CONTACT THE SENATE IN SUPPORT OF SB 1198.
Key votes are
Sen. Dan Boatwright (D-Contra Costa)
Ph (510) 689-1973,
Fax (510) 689-0618
Richard Polanco (D-LA)
Tom Campbell (R-Palo Alto)
Ph (415) 949-5401
Robert Beverly (R-Long Beach/Palos Verdes)
Ph (310) 540-1611
NOW IS ALSO A GOOD TIME TO CONTACT THE ASSEMBLY AGAINST AB 1304,
especially conservative Democrats and Republicans. Letters should stress the fact that the federal law is essentially an "unfunded federal mandate" that imposes unnecessary law enforcement costs on the state, and that 31 other states have chosen to opt out of "Smoke a Joint, Lose Your License."
Be sure to contact your own representatives in the Senate and Assembly.
Address for all: State Capitol, Sacramento 95814.
For more information, contact:
Foundation for Drug Policy Awareness / Drug Reform Coordination Network
P.O. Box 381813, Cambridge, MA 02238-1813
(617) 648-2655 / (617) 646-2713 (fax)
email: [email protected]
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