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Fiona Ma set to introduce rave legislation

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Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, is set to present legislation Wednesday establishing safety guidelines at raves and other large events on state property.

Assembly Bill 74 was written in response to deaths and hospitalizations at drug-fueled rave parties in California last year, including at the state-owned Cow Palace in Daly City.

In May 2010, two people died and five others were rushed to the hospital in critical condition after overdosing at a rave held at the Cow Palace. In addition, 68 adults and five minors were arrested on drug-related charges.

In June 2010, 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez died and an estimated 120 people were sent to the hospital after a rave that was held at the publicly owned Los Angeles Coliseum.

Ma was considering the legislation three months after rave-type events were banned from the Cow Palace.

Joined by Rodriguez’s mother and other family members, Ma will discuss the legislation at the state Capitol on Wednesday around 1:30 p.m.

The bill would establish “a set of guidelines that must be followed prior to hosting a large event on state property,” according to a statement from Ma’s camp.