The effort by a California state lawmaker to remove serpentinite as the state rock has dragged on for months now as the legislative mill grinds on and the geological and education communities wake up in opposition. Politics columnist Dan Walters writes in yesterday's Sacramento Bee
that the sponsor of Senate Bill 624 has reduced the bill's language to one sentence
removing the stone as the state rock. The objectionable preamble declaring serpentine a carcinogen is gone; so now what's the point of the bill?
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