California Lawmaker Rips “Ruthless Industry” After His ‘Rust’-Inspired Set-Safety Bill Stalls

California Lawmaker Rips “Ruthless Industry” After His ‘Rust’-Inspired Set-Safety Bill Stalls
A California state senator ripped the entertainment industry today after the bill he co-authored in response to last year’s fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins on the Rust set failed to get out of committee.

“It’s a powerful and ruthless industry,” Sen. Dave Cortese, a Silicon Valley Democrat, said in a statement. “First the industry killed Halyna. Then they killed the bill that would’ve made people like her safe.”

Cortese co-sponsored Senate Bill 381, which sought to protect film and TV workers through a regulatory process to establish clear, mandatory guidelines around the use of firearms and ammunition on sets. The bill, the first of its kind in the U.S., also included a limited ban on ammunition on sets and enactment of safety regulations and establishment of penalties for violations to ensure compliance.

The bill, which was introduced in Sacramento early this year and amended last month (read
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