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Legislation to overturn a Solano County ballot measure that limited garbage shipments into the county was approved Thursday by the state Senate.

Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, amended the legislation's provisions into a new bill (Assembly Bill 845) after an earlier version stalled in a Senate committee, a process known as "gut-and-amend."

AB 845 is aimed at blocking 1984 Solano County ballot measure limiting importation of garbage that was the subject of a lengthy court battle before winning judicial approval. Advocates of the measure sought to bar expansion of a landfill in Portrero Hills, which handles refuse from San Francisco.

The measure now goes back to the Assembly for a final vote.

The Senate's approval came over the objections of Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, whose district includes Solano County.

After the vote, Ma said, "Garbage is a statewide issue as is wastewater treatment, transportation and electricity. Thirty-nine California counties ship their waste to other jurisdictions or will need to export waste in the future. Not every city and county can have its own landfill and local jurisdictions should not put initiatives on the ballot that discriminate against out-of-area garbage."


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