Last week, the state Senate failed to actually do anything with AB 2218, a rather troublesome yet persistent consumer safety bill that would mandate “injury mitigation technology” on all table saws sold in California. Everyone from unions, to consumer advocates, to 9-fingered shop guys… oh, and of course the company that invented the product, SawStop are behind passing the bill and making it law.
California Power Saw Safety Bill AB 2218 Details
We won’t get into too much detail—you can read about SawStop lawsuits (the most recent is a Sawstop lawsuit against Bosch and the Bosch ReaXX table saw)and whether a safer table saw is better elsewhere on this site – but the inventor of SawStop, a patent attorney, owns around 90 patents on the technology that makes it difficult, if not impossible, to come up with any solutions for a mandate apart from his (SawStop).
The new safety bill seemed to be a shoe-in when it passed 64-4 back in May and then made its way through the Senate Judiciary Committee in July. When it reached the full Senate, however, it got clogged up int he system and sat for over 3 weeks. When the legislative session ended, that was it – the bill died.
While this is good news for consumers in our opinion (they are still free to choose a product like SawStop but are not obligated to pay more for a safer saw) the bigger fight seems to be what impact the CPSC will have on the industry at a national level.
Thanks to Chris over at Tool-rank.com for the heads up on this.