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SACRAMENTO BEE: The Buzz (on Sen. Lieu's hounding bill, SB 1221)
July 03, 2012
Mortgage overhaul backers unable to enlist help of hunters
It was almost, but not quite, an instant allegiance when advocates who were in the Capitol on Monday taking a shot at banks ran into those who like to shoot bears.
Angie Wei, legislative director for the California Labor Federation who was pushing the mortgage overhaul that banks oppose, saw hundreds of hunters filling the hallways with orange signs. The houndsmen were in the Capitol opposing a bill that would ban the use of dogs to hunt bears and bobcats.
Wei chatted up the hunters, learning that some had homes that were being foreclosed.
She asked if they would use the backs of their orange signs opposing SB 1221 to scrawl support for her bills.
"We had like 30 Sharpies," Wei said, pulling a marker from her jacket pocket.
In the end, though, the hunters didn't repurpose their signs. They stuck to their guns, even though it didn't go the way they'd hoped when Senate Bill 1221 passed through an Assembly committee.
The bill by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, next goes to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/03/4606498/the-buzz-mortgage-overhaul-backers.html#mi_rss=Capitol%20and%20California#storylink=cpy