On the last day of session, bill after environmental bill came up for a vote
on the Assembly floor. And bill after bill was defeated as a group of
self-styled moderate Democrats–known as the ‘Mod Squad’–refused to support
legislation authored by their fellow Democrats.
Everything from mapping out naturally occurring asbestos to enhanced
penalties for severe air polluters failed passage, as the Mod Squad of
business-friendly Democrats joined a united Republican caucus to stymie the
expansion of environmental protections.
As session came to a close, five bills that several environment groups
identified as top priorities died on the Assembly floor with united
Republican opposition and a handful of abstaining or no-voting Democrats.
The bills were killed after five Democrats