This weekend marked the deadline for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign or veto more than 400 bills that had arrived at his desk from the legislature. We’ll link to a report from the California Manufacturers and Technology Association once they analyze the rush of action, but for now, this “Capitol Notes” column from John Meyers at KQED hits the highpoints. Some good, some bad, and some where we really won’t know how bad they are for many, many years.
Notable bills that the governor signed this weekend: AB 1108, which bans chemicals known as phthalates from toys for kids three and under… AB 221, which bans the state’s pension funds from investing in companies with active business in Iran… AB 821, which bans the use of lead ammunition from areas inhabited by the California condor… AB 1471, which requires a new micro ID to be stamped inside semiautomatic handguns… SB 976, a bill to create a new Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority… and AB 118, a bill to create a new fund for alternative fuels and vehicles with a temporary hike in annual fees on autos and boats.
Notable bills vetoed in the final hours: SB 609, which would have barred defendants being convicted based on uncorroborated testimony of an in-custody informant… SB 210, which would have codified the governor’s call for a low-carbon fuel standard into law… SB 70, which would have established legal standards and definitions for biodiesel fuel… AB 1294, which would have allowed any city or county to conduct elections using what’s called “ranked voting”… AB 1521, which would have required bottled water to identify where the water came from… SB 180, which would have allowed farmworkers to join unions without a secret ballot election (as well as vetoing an alternative version, SB 650)…
Congratulations to the Governor for vetoing that last bill, which would have deprived farmworkers of their right to determine their association via secret ballot. Cesar Chavez fought long and hard for the secret ballot, but organized labor now finds it inconvenient.
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