California lawmakers are considering legislation that would end federal prohibitions on commercial charcoal grill sales in the state.
The bill would also allow state officials to set the price of charcoal grilling and barbecues in their own markets.
A spokesperson for Assemblymember Barbara Lee (D-San Francisco) told the San Francisco Chronicle that the measure has been referred to her committee for a hearing on Thursday.
“I think we are moving in the right direction, and I am hopeful that we will be able to pass this bill into law,” she said.
“But it’s an important piece of legislation that will hopefully prevent another needless tragedy.”
According to the California Smokeless Powder Safety Act of 2018, bars, restaurants, and other businesses can sell charcoal griddles and barbeques for consumption in California.
However, the federal government’s ban on commercial sales of charcoal and other products in the U.S. has been in place since the 1970s.
Since then, the ban has been challenged in court by restaurants and food manufacturers, but the courts have upheld the ban.