California's table saw safety bill will head to the state Senate for a vote after being approved 3-2 last week by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The measure would make California the first state in the nation to require that table saws be equipped with "injury mitigation technology" to stop a blade quickly enough to avoid amputations and severe lacerations, according to a report published by the Los Angeles Times.
The General Assembly already passed the bill on a 64-4 bipartisan vote. But in the Senate committee vote, the bill was approved by the Democrats while the Republicans opposed it.
The bill — AB 2218 by Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara — heads for the Senate floor for a vote likely to come in August, according to the Times.