Who Wants to Bet– the Guy will Not Lose his nice legislative job??
California state Sen. Ron Calderon accepted $88,000 in bribes, FBI affidavit alleges
May 19, 2011
California Senate Passes Bill to Strengthen Cockfighting Laws
SB 425 now moves to Assembly
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Humane Society of the United States commends the California Senate for passing SB 425, authored by Sen. Ronald Calderon, D – Montebello, to upgrade California’s weak anti-cockfighting laws. This bill received overwhelming bi-partisan support, passing with a 36 -1 vote and will set mandatory minimum fines and allow for profit forfeiture following cockfighting charges.
Calderon also authored SB 426, which is expected to be considered on Monday, seeking to allow landlords to evict tenants using their property for animal fighting, or keeping animals for use in animal fighting. Both bills were unanimously approved by policy committees.
“This vote by the California Senate brings us closer to stopping this cruel bloodsport where roosters fight to the death with knives tied to their legs,” said Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director for The HSUS. “We hope that the Assembly will follow the Senate’s lead and send this legislation to Governor Brown by summer’s end. The fate of thousands of birds now rests with them.”
Since 2008, there have been more than 110 law enforcement incidences involving cockfighting in 35 of California’s 58 counties. More than 21,000 birds have been found dead or alive in connection with the bloodsport during that time. This past weekend, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies broke up a large-scale cockfight in the backyard of a Valinda home where 45 birds were seized and an estimated 100 spectators fled, escaping arrest.
“Cockfighting is dangerous to the community, often drawing the drug and gang element,” said Sen Calderon. “We have got to toughen our laws and pull up California’s welcome mat to discourage this bloodsport.”
In the Legislature this year, Ron Calderon is carrying a bill backed by the fireworks industry that would allow fireworks to be sold in California during Christmas week.
It’s one of many bills he has carried to benefit businesses over the years. Among them: legislation to give tax breaks to the film industry, allow shoes made of kangaroo skin to be sold in California, expand the kind of betting allowed on horse races, increase the amount of money payday lenders can loan and streamline regulations in the California Environmental Quality Act.
He has also carried bills backed by more liberal interests, including government watchdog group Common Cause and the animal advocates Humane Society of the United States. In 2011, Calderon carried legislation to increase fines for cockfighting participants and spectators.
“My only experiences with him have been positive with respect to support for our agenda,” said Jennifer Fearing, a lobbyist for the Humane Society, which sponsored the bill.
Ung, the Common Cause advocate, said Calderon supported the group’s mission to make it easier for people to register to vote, authoring a bill to allow online registration and supporting a bill to allow Election Day registration.