Chalk it up to politics

In politics, you win some and you lose some.

It’s been that kind of week for state Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro.

First, she was named one of the top 100 attorneys in California by the Daily Journal, which publishes California legal newspapers and magazines. Corbett, who graduated from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, practiced civil law before her election to the Assembly and then the state Senate. She also chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Then, on Wednesday, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed legislation — authored by Corbett — designed to ensure that privately owned buildings are built to meet disability access design standards.
This law, SB 1608, is effective Jan. 1, 2009.

But, the governator also terminated — er, vetoed — one of Corbett’s bills on Wednesday. SB 1313 would have banned food packaging containing chemicals found to cause cancer, and developmental, neural and reproductive problems in test animals.

“Legislation has always been an effective way to protect consumers from health risks,” Corbett said in a press release.

But only if it passes both legislative houses and is signed by the governor.