Calif. Lawmakers Kill Bill That Would Have Required Cities, Schools To Consider Alternatives to Artificial Turf Fields
California lawmakers have rejected a bill (SB 47) that aimed to require cities and school districts to consider alternatives to artificial turf for sports fields. The bill's author, state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), said the measure was introduced over concerns about chemicals in the turf that potentially could pose health risks for those using the fields. The measure was opposed by some union and industry groups. Meanwhile, a three-year state study of the health effects of artificial turf is underway.
- "Lawmakers Kill Bill on Artificial Turf Alternatives" (McGreevy, "Essential Politics," Los Angeles Times, 1/14).