California State Assembly Kills Ocean-Rangers Bill

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A bill that would require cruise ships departing from California ports to carry "ocean rangers," or personnel who would monitor public safety and enforce environmental compliance, has been tabled by California's State Assembly.

The decision to kill the bill ends California State Sen. Joe Simitian's attempt to increase regulation of the cruise industry. "I think the committee action today sends an unfortunate message," Simitian told the Los Angeles Times. "Buyer beware when you climb on a cruise ship. You're on your own."

The bill had already moved through the State Senate but failed to pass by the Assembly's Public Safety Committee.

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