Repeal of food safety law requiring gloves in 'final push'

The California Senate voted 32 to 0 to approve the bill and the governor is expected to sign this weekend.

LOS ANGELES—The proposed repeal of the California law that requires food workers to wear gloves has inched its way through the state Assembly and Senate and is in its "final push" to go to Gov. Jerry Brown. On Thursday morning, the state Senate voted 32 to 0 to approve the bill repealing the law, sending it to the governor; he is expected to sign it this weekend.

The state Assembly's Health Committee, which proposed the original bill that Gov. Brown signed into law, voted to repeal that section of the Health and Safety Code in March. On Wednesday, Assemblyman Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) said at a news conference: “We want laws that promote public health, not a deterrent for business. ... I am committed to working with the restaurant community to roll back the glove law so we can move [toward] meaningful conversation on food safety.”