State Senate OKs ski safety legislation

May 14, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate on Monday passed a bill that would require California ski resorts to prepare an annual safety plan and post those reports on their websites.

Lawmakers passed SB564 on a 24-8 partisan vote. The bill by Democratic Sen. Bill Monning of Carmel is a follow-up to a previous ski safety measure.

Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill by Sen. Ted Gaines, a Republican from Rocklin. The governor called that measure "unnecessary" and said the state did not need to get involved.

Monning's bill would require ski resorts to prepare a report that includes information about accident-prevention efforts and operational standards. Copies of the plan must be posted on the resort's website and be available upon request.

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