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AB-2963 Worker safety: blood lead levels: reporting.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Kalra (A)
Chiu (A) , Lara (S)
Worker safety: blood lead levels: reporting.
An act to amend Section 105185 of the Health and Safety Code, and to add Section 147.3 to the Labor Code, relating to employment.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/27/18 Vetoed by Governor.
09/11/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:30 p.m.
08/30/18 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 43. Noes 31. Page 7009.).
08/29/18 Assembly Rule 77 suspended. (Page 6773.)
08/28/18 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 30 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning AB 2963 without my signature.

This bill would increase reporting of worker lead exposure by the California Department of Public Health and require the Division of Occupational Safety and Health to undertake an investigation within three working days. It would also require the Division to make the information on resulting fines and citations publicly available.

I agree with the author that lead exposure is an important public health issue and should be taken seriously. In this case, the Department of Public Health already works collaboratively with employers to reduce worker exposure to lead and refers employers to the Division for enforcement, if needed, on a case-by-case basis. This bill would erode that collaborative approach, and require the Division to take immediate enforcement action upon referral.

The Division is in the process of revising and updating the regulations that establish a permissible lead exposure level for workers and the level at which immediate intervention is needed. I believe we should wait for that work to conclude.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.