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Old June 26th, 2008, 01:53 AM
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Nevermind, I find it SB 1582 author Senators Simitian (I don't know that one). This bill made it to the Assembly and died in the committee on Public safety . If anyone is like me (I think I have issues) here is a link to the bill. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/po...uthor=simitian There are seven versions of this bill it was introduced 2/22/08.

This is from the last version of this bill it's always intereting when the legislature declares things. The point of a bill is to change the law when the legislature declares stuff it just likes the sound of it own voice. I put in red the states I question.

SECTION 1. The Legislature finds and declares all of the
following:
(a) The cruise industry provides significant economic benefits
to California’s cruise ports and their communities. In 2008,
California cruise ports will welcome 628 cruise ship visits carrying
nearly 2.2 million passengers. According to California cruise ports,
economic benefit from passengers in California is estimated to be
four hundred fifty million dollars ($450,000,000) in 2008 with
continued growth anticipated annually. California cruise ports are
committed to enhancing the experience of each and every passenger
and to ensuring that such passengers continue to return to California
cruise ports year after year.
(b) More cruise ships are calling upon California ports of call
every year. The cruise ship fleet is increasing in size and carrying
capacity and producing increasing volumes of solid and liquid
waste.
(c) Improperly treated wastes released into the environment can
significantly impact California’s aquatic ecosystems and the people
and industries that depend upon them.
(d) The cruise ship industry has a poor record on self-policing
environmental practices.
Based on what?
(e) California’s zero-discharge law for cruise ships does not
provide independent oversight of the industry or verification of
the zero-discharge requirement.
(f) Millions of American citizens travel on cruise ships every
year and numerous documented cases exist of serious crimes
against passengers by other passengers and crew members.
How much is numerous?
(g) The physical safety of the passengers and crew should be
the highest priority of the cruise line industry. The industry, through
its trade organization has appeared before the United States
Congress and the Legislature and asserted that there is no crime
problem onboard large passenger vessels. The industry testified
that the Federal Bureau of Investigation supports the industry claim
that the incidence of violent crime onboard large passenger vessels
is .01 percent. The Federal Bureau of Investigation directly refutes
this number and clarifies that .01 percent is what is reported to
them by the cruise line industry.
(h) Independent crime statistics presented before the United
States Congress show that one has a 50 percent greater chance of
sexual assault on a large passenger vessel as compared to the
United States generally. The rate of sexual assault in the United
States is 32 per 100,000 population. The rate of sexual assault on
large passenger vessels was 48 per 100,000 in 2007. That rate was
17.6 per 100,000 from 2003 to 2005, inclusive
. This is more than
a 170 percent increase in the sexual assault rate on large passenger
vessels between 2005 and 2007.
Who presented these Independent Crime Statistics? They compare the rate from 03-05 to 2007 this is a clever way to spin the numbers. What was the rate in 2006? Why wasn't that year used? Maybe it didn't support the bill? No that couldn't be it.
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