Last Friday, July 24, the California State Assembly voted 43-30 against offshore drilling in its state waters. The drilling provision, which would have granted Plains Exploration & Production Co. the right to drill off of an existing platform in federal waters into state waters and would have brought approximately $100 million annually for 15 years in oil royalty payments to the state, narrowly passed the state Senate earlier in the day. The bill lost traction in the lower house, where the pleas of environmental groups apparently swayed the vote. If the bill had passed, it would have authorized the first drilling in the waters offshore California since 1969.