In all, Brown signed 21 pieces of legislation, including the transportation bill by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) that requires L.A. County transportation officials to provide more transparency on the costs and schedules of projects funded by Measure R if an extension is sought.
In 2008, county voters approved Measure R, a 0.5% increase in the county sales tax for 30 years to provide $40 billion for transportation projects, but officials have blamed the poor economy in saying now that only $36 billion will be raised.
A proposed extension of the measure failed to win approval of county voters in 2012. The bill requires that the county
Hernandez said he introduced SB 1037 because faulty cost estimates and secrecy shrouding them have some areas of the county worried that they will be shortchanged.
"L.A. County voters are subjected to the worst traffic in the nation, and are willing to tax themselves to help address the problem," Hernandez said in a statement. "They deserve transparency."
Hernandez said his bill will help by "providing the most current and comprehensive information on where tax money will go before voters are asked to decide whether to increase or extend another transportation tax."
Brown also signed SB 950, which extends the statute of limitations for prosecuting public bribery cases from three years after the occurrence of a bribe to three years after the bribe is discovered. State Sen.
"When public officials act irresponsibly and accept bribes in exchange for large public payouts, it is the taxpayers who end up footing the bill," Torres said in arguing for a longer period to prosecute cases.
The governor also approved a bill that provides a tax break of almost half a billion dollars to
Another bill signed by Brown prohibits Internet businesses from charging a fee to people who have been arrested in exchange for removing their booking photos from a website. Sen.
Brown also signed AB 1825 by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks), which extends, from 2015 to 2025, subpoena powers and other authority for the Los Angeles Unified School District's Office of Inspector General.
Marc Lifsher contributed to this report