The state Senate on Thursday approved a measure requiring cellphones sold in California to be equipped with "kill switches" that make them inoperable if stolen.
“We have a crime wave sweeping our state,” Sen.
The bill had previously failed in a Senate vote, but Leno agreed to change it to exclude electronic tablets and to delay the date by which phones must be made with kill switches -- from Jan. 1 2015, to July 1 of that year. Those changes resulted in Apple and
The Senate vote sends the measure to the Assembly.
Some Republicans, including Sen.
"I am very concerned about the liability issue," Wyland said. "It's a big burden on a retailer to ensure that every single product they sell meets every single standard."
The measure was also opposed by CTIA-The Wireless Assn., the top industry trade group.