April 21, 2014
State Senator Dean Florez is hoping that a little detour will help build some momentum for his stalled leafy green vegetable regulation bills.
The three measures were introduced in February after officials linked Salinas Valley spinach and lettuce grown in the Central Valley to E. coli outbreaks last year that killed at least three people and sickened about 300 nationwide.
The bills passed the Senate but stalled in the Assembly in June following an acrimonious hearing in the Assembly Agriculture Committee.
Florez is planning to bring the bills back next year and ask Assembly leaders to send them first to the Health Committee.
He's hoping that approval by the Health Committee will give the bills enough momentum to reach the Assembly floor.