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ammiano.JPGAssemblyman Tom Ammiano's bill to create legal protections and support services for homeless people stalled in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Friday.

Ammiano, D-San Francisco, proposed several protections for homeless people, including the right to counsel when accused of crimes like loitering. His bill also called for cities and counties to build hygiene centers, which would have cost as much as $216 million to build and another $81 million a year to maintain.

The California Chamber of Commerce included AB 5 on its annual "job killers" list, saying it imposed "costly and unreasonable mandates on employers."

In a statement, Ammiano said he was disappointed that the "Homeless Person's Bill of Rights and Fairness Act" failed, but that he understands the state's budget picture.

Ammiano said he plans to start working right away to pursue another approach to ensure homeless people are not treated as criminals.

Ammiano was more successful with AB 473, which would create a division within Alcoholic Beverages Control to regulate the production, transportation and sales of medical cannabis. The measure won passage in the committee Friday.

IIMAGE CREDIT: Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, in a 2009 file photo. Hector Amezcua/The Sacramento Bee


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