Readers may recall Assemblywoman Fiona Ma empowering the "I'm a raver and I vote" contingent with last week's introduction of the Anti-Raves Act of 2011.
Well, the party's over... on ending parties. Ma yesterday announced she's pulling back her bill until such time as she can gain "input" from those "stakeholders" politicians so treasure. Ma's nixed bill would have rendered "any person who conducts a public event at night that includes prerecorded music and lasts more than 3 1/2 hours" guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine of $10,000 or more.
Of course, the aforementioned description sounds a lot like a "concert" as well as a "rave." Even the term "prerecorded" isn't cut-and-dried.
Ma's Dec. 21 bill was largely inspired by the much-publicized deaths of two rave-goers following Pop the dream event at the Cow Palace in May. Per her written statement yesterday:
don't believe anyone wants the tragedies that occurred this year to
continue happening. The stakeholder meetings will be inclusive and I
commit to not moving AB 74 until meeting and hearing from all
perspectives. This issue is complicated. We have to find a way to
protect young people without compromising everyone's legitimate rights
to enjoy themselves in a safe environment. I appreciate everyone's input