Assembly Natural Resources Committee passed SB 188, a bill co-authored by Asemblymember Al Muratsuchi and meant to stop oil drilling off the coast

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bill in response to President Trump’s recent Executive Order authorizing it

Torrance, CA –The Assembly Natural Resources Committee passed SB 188, a bill authored by Senator Hannah Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and co-authored by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, Senate pro Tempore Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), that would prohibit the State Lands Commission from approving any leases authorizing the new exploration or development of oil and gas drilling off the California coast. It would also prohibit the renewal of leases that would engage in any new exploration or development of oil or gas drilling.

The bill was introduced in response to President Donald Trump’s recent executive order that would expand offshore drilling.

“We need to protect our beautiful coast of the South Bay and throughout California. This bill would help protect the health of the residents who live and work near the coast as well as the marine environment.  It will also prevent any future oil spills,” said Assemblymember Muratsuchi.

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi represents California’s 66th Assembly District, which includes El Camino Village, Gardena, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance, and West Carson.  He serves as Chairman of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace.  Muratsuchi is a member of the Assembly Committees on Budget, Budget Subcommittee 2, Appropriations, Natural Resources, Utilities and Energy, and Veterans Affairs.