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Bill Would Centralize State's Smuggling, Counterfeiting Investigations

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(West Sacramento, CA)
Monday, April 16, 2012

"Good morning, ladies and gentlemen - welcome to our secret location…"

Democratic Senator Curren Price and the Board of Equalization teamed up to go all "cloak and dagger."  They escorted reporters out to West Sacramento and opened the gate to a giant warehouse of confiscated goods, like smuggled Chinese cigarettes and pirated DVDs.  The BOE's Randy Silva says the senator's bill would set up a "centralized intelligence partnership" among the nine state agencies that deal with those goods.

Silva: "What this proposes to do is to make it an issue that's looked at daily - as opposed to more informally how it's done now."

Or, as Price says…

Price: "Better coordination, better cooperation - that's what this bill hopefully will achieve."

The measure has unanimously passed one Senate committee.  It faces another vote next week.

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