Table Saw Safety Bill Closer To Law

The controversial California table saw safety bill is one step closer to becoming law. A senate panel recently approved the bill on a 3 to 2 vote. The bill will now head to the Senate floor for a vote expected in August.

Marc Lifsher of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Table Saw Safety Bill Closer To Law

Legislation aimed at curbing table-saw accidents that often result in amputationssurvived a party-line vote in a state Senate committee.

The measure, approved 3 to 2 in the Senate Judiciary Committee, would make California the first state in the nation to require that table saws be equipped with “injury mitigation technology” to stop a blade quickly enough to avoid amputations and severe lacerations…

…The industry, led by the Power Tool Institute, a trade group in Cleveland, criticized the bill for attempting to create a monopoly for Gass’ company. Proponents have said that Gass’ invention has demonstrated that the technology is viable.

Williams said the proposal has been broadened so that many manufacturers could develop their own injury-avoidance devices.

The full article is available at www.latimes.com

If you live in California and have an opinion on this bill, be sure and contact your Senator. We have reported on this table saw safety bill in the past and feel that woodworkers should be able to make our own decisions regarding their safety.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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