Governor Jerry Brown signs California oil train bill into law

Governor Jerry Brown signs California oil train bill into law

Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will enable state emergency responders to receive more information about trains carrying potentially hazardous cargo.

Assembly Bill 380 (AB380) requires rail companies to inform Office of Emergency Services about shipments of crude oil, and provide locals with access to their hazardous-materials emergency response plans.

In addition, railroad companies will have to establish a call center where local 911 responders could contact for information about trains and their potentially-hazardous cargo.

Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), the author of the bill, said the bill was required as the risk of disastrous injury to life and property by rail accident had grown dramatically over the past few years.

Speaking on the topic, Dickinson added, "Now our emergency response agencies will have the information they need about crude oil cargo in order to prepare and protect our communities and minimize any damage from an accident."

Mr. Brown also signed another bill that prohibits coerced or forced sterilizations of inmates. The step was taken following several media reports and a state audit that found some female inmates were sterilized without their permission.

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