Correa a Likely Deciding Vote on Fracking Bill 1132 — and HIS VOTE WAS NO!

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UPDATE 5/29: Correa voted “NO” on the fracking moratorium bill, which failed 16-16-5.

From now on, he gets served only tap water.  If he has a problem with that, he can explain why.

As noted earlier this week, the bill calling for a moratorium on fracking reached its floor vote on Wednesday, with the time being held still through tomorrow morning.  Today, SB 1132 will either fail or move on.

It appears that the deciding votes are Sens. Ben Hueso, Ricardo Lara, Ed Hernandez, Richard Roth — and OC’s own Lou Correa.  Correa has abstained on the bill so far; whatever the other four did today, their votes are still considered to be “in play.”

Labor, from nurses to longshoremen, are in favor of the bill.  Environmentalists as well, obviously.  But, as we saw with how medical industries took down Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones‘s bill two years ago, forcing it to go to a referendum this November, energy companies have donated heavily to key Senators including those named above.  Most likely three to five of them will have to be willing to vote against their contributors.

If you have an opinion, the Sacramento phone number for Correa’s office is above.  We don’t know when the vote will be — so call early.  It will be close.

Meanwhile, here’s some pretty pictures from California Food and Water Watch.  The news on the GMO labeling bill is below them.

California Earthquake Fracking Map

See that big red smear in the bottom right in the coastal plain? I live there!

Olinda sign with tower in background

And meet the newest elementary school in my district, complete with adjacent drilling tower!

In other news, the GMO labeling bill OJB featured earlies this week failed on a 16-16 vote with five Senators abstaining — including Lou Correa.  It needed 21 votes to pass.

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)