California Lawmakers Pass Bill to Remove Flamin’ Hot Cheetos from Schools

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It’s “Hometown” week, when California bills face a deadline to be approved by either the Assembly either Senate. That means lawmakers have been very busy, engaging in lengthy sessions where they debate a variety of bills.

One of those bills that emerged from the scrum was the assemblyman’s Jess Gabriel‘s AB 2316that would ban food products such as Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Fruit Loops with certain chemical food dyes that are considered toxic to humans from being served to students in California schools.

That bill passed the Assembly on Tuesday by a unanimous vote, 59-0, although 21 lawmakers from both parties abstained from voting on it.

“California has a responsibility to protect our students from chemicals that harm children and that can interfere with their ability to learn,” Gabriel said in a statement.

That bill now goes to the Senate.

Lawmakers also passed a number of other bills, including:

  • AB 1780by assemblyman Phil Tingwhich prohibits legacy admissions at private universities in California.

  • AB 1858by assemblyman Chris Wardwhich prohibits schools from conducting hyper-realistic shooting drills.

  • AB 2584by assemblyman Alex Leewhich limits the ability of corporations to buy housing en masse.

  • AB 3080by assemblyman Juan Alaniswhich requires pornographic websites to verify users’ ages.

  • SB 915by the senator. David Cortesewhich gives local jurisdictions the ability to regulate autonomous vehicles.

  • SB 1116by the senator. Antonio Portantinowhich allows striking workers to claim unemployment insurance benefits.

  • SB 1174by the senator. David Minwhich prohibits local governments from enacting voter identification requirements.

  • SB 1327by the senator. Steve Glazerwhich taxes online advertising sales to finance a media tax credit.

  • SB 1446by the senator. Lola Smallwood-Cuevaslimiting retailers’ ability to use self-service checkout stations.


“If we want to achieve impactful change, it is imperative that we bring all stakeholders together and not work in silos creating echo chambers that can be or have been detrimental to the safety of our communities.”

– Sen. Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh, R-Yucaipa, in a statement supporting an audit of the effectiveness of the 2014 ballot measure, Proposition 47, which reclassified a number of drug and theft crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.

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