Assembly committee hearing on lead fishing ban rescheduled

SACRAMENTO — Legislative plans to ban lead fishing weights in California appear to have rescheduled, as a committee hearing planned for Assembly Bill 2787 (AB 2787) was taken off the April 10 calendar and pushed back to April 24.

AB 2787 was introduced by Assembly member Bill Quirk in February and proposed to ban lead fishing weights of 50 grams or smaller. The bill was to be heard April 10 in the Assembly’s Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Substance.

A review of the April 10 agenda of the Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Substance, however, revealed AB 2787 was not on the hearing list for that day.

Sources informed The Log AB 2787 would instead be heard by the same committee on April 24.

The recreational fishing advocacy group, California Sportfishing League (CSL), had sent an email blast five days earlier stating the bill would not be heard by the Assembly committee. CSL is one of the leading advocates against AB 2787, with the advocacy group stating there isn’t enough data or analysis to justify a full-on ban on lead fishing tackle.

Nearly 5,000 anglers signed a petition opposing the bill, according to the CSL email blast.

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