A bill to tighten regulations for organic fertilizer in California is under consideration by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

According to The Sacramento Bee, Assembly Bill 856, authored by Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, targets problems in the organic fertilizer sector.

The bill increases penalties for violations of organic fertilizer standards, expands state regulators' inspection authority and raises as much as $416,000 annually for enforcement through new fees on fertilizer makers, according to the newspaper.

The state Department of Food and Agriculture sponsored AB 856. The bill was also supported by organic farming and certification groups as well as the fertilizer industry, according to the Bee.

Earlier this year several California companies were found to be selling tainted organic fertilizer for years to companies like Earthbound Farm, and in February U.S. Department of Agriculture set an Oct. 1 deadline for organic fertilizer manufacturers to have any liquid fertilizer with more than 3% nitrogen third-party reviewed.