BILL NUMBER: SB 624 AMENDED
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY JUNE 23, 2010
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY MAY 19, 2010
AMENDED IN SENATE APRIL 13, 2009
INTRODUCED BY Senator Romero
FEBRUARY 27, 2009
An act to
amend repeal Section 425.2
of the Government Code, relating to the state rock.
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST
SB 624, as amended, Romero. State rock.
Existing law establishes various animals, vegetables, and minerals
as emblematic of the state and provide that serpentine is the
official state rock and lithologic emblem.
This bill would remove serpentine as the state rock and lithologic
emblem and would leave the state rock unspecified
. The bill would also make a statement of findings about serpentine
and its association with an increased risk of the cancer
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no.
State-mandated local program: no.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. The Legislature finds and declares the following:
(a) Serpentine was designated the official State Rock in 1965 and
is found in 49 counties in California.
(b) Serpentine contains the deadly mineral chrysotile asbestos, a
known carcinogen, exposure to which increases the risk of the cancer
(c) California has the highest rate of mesothelioma deaths in the
(d) California should not designate a rock known to be toxic to
the health of its residents as the state's official rock.
(e) It is the intent of the Legislature to remove serpentine as
the State Rock and provide for a suitable replacement
SEC. 2. Section 425.2 of the Government Code is
amended to read:
425.2. ____ is the official State Rock and lithologic emblem.
SEC. 2. Section 425.2 of the Government
Code is repealed.
425.2. Serpentine is the official State Rock and lithologic