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Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Top Ten Laws Signed Or Vetoed By Governator Saturday Evening

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed 475 bills, and vetoed 229, in the final hours before the statutory deadline on Oct. 10. California Dream Team, a political committee that supports the governor's ballot measure campaign efforts, collected $115,000 from donors in the last three days before the deadline. Below are the ten most interesting of the few dozen about which I've seen reporting. Good luck figuring out what else among this session's 2600+ legislative proposals were signed into law.  And remember, ignorance of these new laws is no defense!

  • Signed the Marriage Recognition and Family Protection Act (SB 54) recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries performed in other jurisdictions before November 5, 2008, and mandates that all same-sex marriages performed after that get all the legal rights of marriage, but will not officially be called "marriage".
  • Signed AB 119 outlawing gender differences in insurance premiums even when they are "based on specified statistical and actuarial data".
  • Signed AB 962 to require ammunition sellers to register with the DOJ and to collect and keep information from all buyers, including a thumbprint, signature and driver's license data. AB 962 also bans Internet and mail-order ammunition sales.
  • Signed an amendment to California's Anti-Paparazzi Law that made it illegal to “attempt to capture, in a manner that is offensive to a reasonable person, any type of visual image, sound recording, or other physical impression of the plaintiff engaging in a personal or familial activity under circumstances in which the plaintiff had a reasonable expectation of privacy, through the use of a visual or auditory enhancing device" -- even if no trespass occurs and no recording is ever offered for sale, or ever even recorded.
  • Signed SB 739 making it a crime for a candidate to pay a spouse or domestic partner "for services rendered in connection with fundraising for the benefit of the elected officer or candidate for elective office".
  • Signed AB 1116 prohibiting elective cosmetic surgery without "an appropriate physical examination and written clearance for the procedure" by a state-licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner.
  • Signed a law requiring DUI convicts in four counties to install ignition-interlock breathalyzer devices on their cars.
  • Vetoed SB 14 which would have required utilities to procure at least 33% of their total electricity needs from renewable energy.
  • Vetoed AB 335 which would have prohibited employment contracts requiring employment disputes to be resolved under anything other than California law in a California forum.
  • Vetoed AB 943 which would have made it illegal to condition hiring on the applicant's consent to a credit check.
The California Manufacturers and Technology Association was happy with the disposition of 14 out of the 17 bills it highlighted.  Ballot Access News reported on two more bills:

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