SF Lawmaker Fiona Ma Wants To Ban Raves Statewide

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Thomas Levinson
Is this the future of raves in California?
Following several drug-related deaths, arrests, and hospitalizations at raves in the Bay Area and Los Angeles this year, S.F. Assemblywoman Fiona Ma says the state should ban raves altogether.

Ma's bill, the Anti-Raves Act of 2011, would outlaw any "public event at night that includes prerecorded music and lasts more than three and one-half hours." Events held at bars, clubs, and other licensed entertainment venues are excepted, and Ma says the law isn't intended to affect "traditional music concerts."

"Raves in California are notoriously associated with the use of the drug commonly known as Ecstasy," Ma wrote in a statement. "Many of the attendees are minors, and the events have led to extensive pressure on law enforcement and emergency medical responders."

The bill would ban electronic music parties at the state-owned Cow Palace -- whose governing body already specifically outlawed two raves this year -- and, among other venues, the Los Angeles Coliseum, where a 15-year-old girl died of a drug overdose at a rave in June.

Unlicensed rave promoters in violation of the law could be fined $10,000 or twice the gross receipts of the event, whichever is greater.

It's unclear whether the bill would affect local events such as Treasure Island Music Festival and Outside Lands, both of which were held on public property and featured performances of "prerecorded music" that may have approached three-and-a-half hours in length.

Ma, who represents S.F. and Daly City, home of the Cow Palace, says the bill could begin working its way through the legislature early next year.

[via Neon Tommy]

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