AB634 Hearing Set

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Posted by California Ships to Reefs on May 03, 2009 at 20:53:36:

The Assembly Committee on the Judiciary hearing on AB 634 has been set for May 12th @ 10am. This only gives us another week to get all our support letters sent to Assemblymember Harkey’s office.

As of this writing, we have support letters from the Cities of Dana Point and Morro Bay, opinion letters that AB 634 is needed to close “loopholes” in the current law from the Cities of Avalon, Dana Point and Monterey. In addition to support from CSTR, Northern California Oceans Foundation and Marine Marketing & Consulting have submitted letters of support, not to mention all the letters received from divers & fishermen across the State.

If you have not yet submitted your support letter, please do so immediately. Please send your letter to:

Honorable Diane Harkey
California State Assembly
State Capitol, Room 4177
Sacramento, CA 95814



Dear Assemblymember Harkey:

As an active SCUBA diver, I request your vote to enable AB 634 to become law. This bill frees the State of California, counties, cities, harbor districts and other government entities from liability for injuries suffered by persons diving on artificial reefs. SCUBA diving is recognized as an inherently dangerous activity and divers are accustomed to signing liability waivers for every phase of diving. Divers are taught that they are ultimately responsible for their own safety.

This bill will allow the State and local governments to participate in establishing more artificial reefs, which provide recreational opportunities for divers, enhance habitat for marine life, and benefit economically from increased diving activity.

Thank you for authoring this important legislation to assist in revitalizing California’s ports, coastal economy and the ocean environment.


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