Carl DeMaio. Photo by Chris Stone

Carl DeMaio told supporters Thursday his efforts have led to defeat of a state bill banning advanced types of rat poison, but the bill’s sponsor said the legislation is still very much alive.

Assembly Bill 1788 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom of Santa Monica seeks to ban so-called “second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides” throughout California because of evidence they lead to the death of other wildlife.

“I’m pleased to share with you that AB 1788 is now dead — killed by our rat report trap!” said DeMaio in an email to supporters. “You can add this win to our other wins this cycle so far (e.g. defeating the drinking water tax, blocking the raid on road funds, and more).”

DeMaio, a Republican candidate for Congress in the 50th District, credited a press conference he held in July and a petition he circulated that was signed by 80,000 people.

But Guy Strahl, chief of staff to Bloom, said the legislation was made a two-year bill at Bloom’s request in order to make it “implementable and enforceable from day 1.” He said discussions with the state Department of Pesticide Regulation are continuing.

Asked about DeMaio’s claim of stopping the bill, Strahl said, “No one has ever mentioned a petition or anything regarding this bill.”

DeMaio’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.