California State Assembywoman Fiona Ma (D- San Francisco) has introduced a bill that would ban “raves” on public properties, and severely restrict events in private facilities. The move comes months after the death of a 15-year old girl at Los Angeles’ annual Electric Daisy Carnival due to an ecstasy overdose. Two death at another electronic music event at San Francisco’s Cow Palace were also cited. The bill makes it illegal to hold an event containing more than 3 1/2 hours of pre-recorded music during the course of a night, with fines up to “$10,000 or twice the actual or estimated gross receipts for the event, whichever is greater.”
“Raves are a state-wide problem and require a state-wide approach,” Ma said in a statement. “It’s time that the legislature says enough is enough and provide law enforcement with the tools to shut down events that have displayed a pattern of fostering youth drug use.”
The move comes after the City and County of Los Angeles lifted the temporary ban on booking rave events at the Coliseum following the post-EDC outcry. The Coliseum Commision pointed to the improved safety situation at raves following Electric Daisy Carnival, and the measures enacted by the Los Angeles County Rave Taskforce as due dilligence to lift the ban.
You can read the full draft of the bill here.
EDC founder Pasquale Rotella has issued to following statement in response to the Anti-Raves Act of 2011.
“There’s nothing criminal about producing events featuring popular music. Electronic dance music events and festivals are produced successfully worldwide. We are disappointed with the Assemblywoman’s decision to introduce a bill that ignores our First Amendment rights. We share her concerns about safety and that’s why we have worked so closely with local government and law enforcement to develop effective guidelines for safe events.”