A California senator has torn apart the entertainment industry today following a co-author bill in response to last year’s deadly shooting of Halina Hutchins. Rust Failed to get out of the set committee.
“This is a powerful and ruthless industry,” Curtis said in a statement. “At first, the industry beat Halina. Then they kill the bill that will make people like him safe. “
Sen. Dan Curtis (D-Silicon Valley) co-sponsored Senate Bill 381, which sought to protect film and TV workers through a regulatory process to establish clear, binding guidelines on the use of firearms and ammunition on set. The first bill of its kind in the United States includes a limited ban on ammunition in sets and the imposition of fines for violations of safety regulations and to ensure compliance.
The bill, which was introduced in Sacramento earlier this year and amended last month (read it here), failed to clear the California Senate Appropriations Committee today.
“Despite the disasters, I am committed to genuine reform that will protect our workers,” Cortes said.
Hutchins died after being shot by Alec Baldwin, who allegedly fired a “cold gun.” Rust Set on Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe. During rehearsals he was practicing a “quick draw” move and pulling the trigger, killing Hutchin and injuring director Joel Suja. Local police and state officials are investigating the case, which has sparked multiple cases.