Fiona Ma’s anti-rave bill now slumped in a dark corner

Assemblywoman Fiona Ma has put the brakes on the “Anti-Rave Act of 2011” after news of its introduction caused a massive overdose of criticism up and down the state.

The intent of the bill was to prevent overdoses occurring at large entertainment events on state-owned land, Ma said in a statement. Four deaths in 2010 were attributed to raves at massive venues such as the storied Cow Palace.

But criticism from club owners, civil rights attorneys and people who just want to have fun was so deafening that Ma reacted immediately. On Monday, she sent out a press release saying AB 74 would be put on hold until she has a meeting with people in the entertainment industry. That meeting is expected to happen in January and she has until May to make changes.

“After hearing from numerous members of the community, I have decided to convene stakeholder meetings to ensure that these tragic incidents don’t happen again,” Ma said in a statement.

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