The California Legislature sent 941 bills to Gov. Jerry Brown this year, and he's working his way through them to make the Oct. 11 deadline. (Only 566 to go!)
Most of the legislation is innocuous, uncontroversial or would have little effect other than to give the legislator who introduced it a "victory." Only a few -- five -- that passed through both houses received the editorial board's seal of disapproval.
Many more were beneficial enough that we wrote editorials supporting them. Just in case Brown doesn't have a folder full of Los Angeles Times editorials at hand, here's short guide to the bills we think he should sign, in no particular order. With links!
Whoa on wireless snooping: SB 178 by Sens. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) would require state and local law enforcement agents to obtain a warrant before demanding "electronic communication information" such as stored emails or metadata from a service provider, or reading the contents of a seized mobile phone. Our editorial.
Stop student warehousing: AB 1012, by Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) would ban fake classes and also prohibit two other practices schools use to disguise their scheduling deficiencies: sending students home early and signing up a handful of them as teachers' "assistants." Our editorial.
Rules for medical marijuana: SB 643 by Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) would create a new Office of Medical Marijuana Regulation to establish rules for the industry and issue licenses to people who grow, transport and sell cannabis. AB 266 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) would create the Governor's Office of Marijuana Regulation to oversee the new regulatory system. Our editorial.