AB 74, as introduced, Ma. Public events: Raves: prohibitions.
Existing law generally prohibits certain assemblages or events
that disturb the peace.
This bill would provide, subject to exceptions, that any person
who conducts a public event at night that includes prerecorded music
and lasts more than 31/2 hours is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable
by a fine of $10,000 or twice the actual or estimated gross receipts
for the event, whichever is greater.
California State Assembywoman Fiona Ma (D- San Francisco) has introduced a bill that would ban “raves” on public properties, and severely restrict events in private facilities. The move comes months after the death of a 15-year old girl at Los Angeles’ annual Electric Daisy Carnival due to an ecstasy overdose. Two death at another electronic music event at San Francisco’s Cow Palace were also cited. The bill makes it illegal to hold an event containing more than 3 1/2 hours of pre-recorded music during the course of a night, with fines up to “$10,000 or twice the actual or estimated gross receipts for the event, whichever is greater.”
Assemblywoman Ma Introduces Historic Legislation to Ban Raves in California
AB 74 introduced on the heels of recent drug-related tragedies in Los Angeles and the Bay Area
SAN FRANCISCO – Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco/San Mateo County) introduced legislation today to ban raves in California. The bill was introduced after recent raves in Los Angeles and Daly City led to deaths, overdoses, and hundreds of arrests. Raves in California are notoriously associated with the use of the drug commonly known as Ecstasy. Many of the attendees are minors and the events have led to extensive pressure on law enforcement and emergency medical responders.
“Raves foster an environment that threatens the health and safety of our youth,” said Assemblywoman Ma. “The introduction of AB 74 is the first step toward eliminating these dangerous events.”
In June of 2010, a 15-year-old girl died of a drug overdose and an estimated 120 people were sent to the hospital after a rave that was held at the publically owned Los Angeles Coliseum. In May of 2010, two people died after overdosing at a rave held at the state-owned Cow Palace in Daly City and additional 5 attendees were hospitalized in critical condition. An additional 68 adults and 5 juveniles were arrested on drug-related charges.
Attendance at raves can range from 16,000 to 185,000 people, which is simply unmanageable. “Raves are a state-wide problem and require a state-wide approach,” said Assemblywoman Ma. “It’s time that the legislature says enough is enough and provide law enforcement with the tools to shut down events that have displayed a pattern of fostering youth drug use.”
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), many young adults and teenagers attending raves and all-night dance parties are using so-called “club drugs.” These drugs include MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, Rohypnol, ketamine, methamphetamine, and LSD. The NIDA and other scientific studies demonstrate that such drugs can pose serious health risks including death, coma, amnesia, addiction, physical dependency, and long term neurotoxic, behavioral, and cognitive problems.
The bill will be eligible for a hearing in Committee next month. AB 74 is the first bill introduced by Assemblywoman Ma in the 2011–2012 Legislative Session. Assemblywoman Ma, who serves as the Speaker pro Tempore of Assembly, represents Daly City where the Cow Palace is located.
Gatsbi: “Guess they’ll have to shut down all the clubs in california too!”
DEVICE: laws don’t mean shit to a true outlaw. i don’t give a shit about commercial events and if this did away with massive and such i think it would be all right. that will purge so many d-bags from edm and edm events. you would lose d-bag dj’s looking to be the next big thang as it’s hard to rock star for a group of 100 or so. it would purge week end warriors who come out just for ptots and drugs. it would purge d-bag promoters looking to make a quick buck.
if some thing like that bill passes you would be left with the a real underground resistance that would party no fucking matter what laws are in place.
DJ SR-71: yeah right, this chick is out of her mind, the wording in this article seems very general and is typical of scare tactics in the media, further more imo, she is also pounding the pavement, a young politician making a stand most likely so she can try to say later in her career that she put a stop to raves. never going to happen.
SistaWife: Galvanize. Personally, I like the idea of doing a super positive event that fundraises and highlights the great things about what ravers believe in and espouse.
Like PLUR, not many mentions of that in the media.
You know, positive press. The scene can come together above ground or it can go underground once again. I don’t really ‘rave’ so it’s not an issue for me per se, but I think people should have the right to peacefully gather and there are plenty of laws already on the books to handle non-peaceful situations that might come up. At any kind of event. Singling out raves isn’t a productive way to target deaths from drug use, nor will it stop any of the other negative things they’re trying to pin on these events in AB 74.
Rave promoter Jason Sperling of Skills DJ Workshop Inc. denounced the Ma bill as heavy-handed and urged legislators instead to try to deal with the broader issue of drug abuse in society.
“If electronic music is criminalized, our government will succeed in alienating a generation of Californians and simply drive dance parties underground — a less regulated, less safe, less sane situation than we have today,” Sperling said in a statement.
Coliseum General Manager Pat Lynch did not return calls seeking comment Wednesday.
Raves are a big money-maker for the Coliseum, which recently lifted a moratorium on the events that was put in place after Sasha’s death.
Pasquale Rotella, the promoter of the Electric Daisy Carnival, noted that the Coliseum Commission voted earlier this month to adopt safeguards that include requiring promoters to go before the panel for approval at least 60 days before an event. The Ma bill, he said, “ignores our 1st Amendment rights.”
The raves can draw tens of thousands of dancers to enjoy high-volume electronic music, flashy light shows and interactive theatrical performances. The legislation would make it a misdemeanor to hold an event on public property “at night that includes prerecorded music and lasts more than 3 1/2 hours.” It would provide for a fine of $10,000 or twice the gross receipts for the event, whichever is greater.
Ma said her proposed regulation is narrowly focused.
“The bill is not intended to impact traditional music concerts and sporting events,” she said. “AB 74 is about cracking down on raves that harbor drug use and lead to teenage deaths.”