I could have printed a teaser and re-directed you to the CFMS Newsletter - but this is an URGENT matter - PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!! ACT on this!!!
There is nothing "symbolic" about these actions - a lot of CA homes are built on Serpentine based soils and rock! Imagine trying to sell a home built on a "banned" substance...the only winners here are the lawyers!!!! (the opinion of the author only - not the AFMS, CFMS or Shirley Leeson)
SERPENTINE, CALIFORNIA STATEROCK
By Shirley Leeson
By the time you read this, it may already be too late.
California State Senator Gloria Romero, from the Los Angeles area has introduced SB 624, to strip Serpentine as the California State Rock.
The reasoning is that serpentine is really ASBESTOS in disguise and causes mesothelioma.
Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee (Friday July 16, 2010 stated “Romero’s office says the language originated with the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, an anti-asbestos group whose major sponsors are law firms specializing in asbestos litigation.” These organizations say the bill is a “symbolic measure to correct this historic mistake." It may also give them more ammunition to pursue their lawsuits.
At the time of this writing the California State Senate has passed the bill, 36 – 0.
Currently it’s in the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and the date of the bill (number unkown if it's different from the senate) coming to the floor in the Assembly is unknown.
The really sad thing is there is no organizations who are opposing the bill. Contact your state Assemblyperson and ask them to vote no on this historical rock. Our serpentine was the FIRST state rock proposed in the U.S. and with it was our state mineral - Gold.
Do something! Do your homework, google State Rock – Serpentine. Most of the California Newspapers have given it a fair shake. Have you contacted your state senator and assemblyperson? I have.
P.S. They are NOT proposing another rock to take it's place...It will be left BLANK!
Article originally appeared in the Sept. 2010 CFMS Newsletter