Brown signs bills on tenant rights, electronic records, fan safety

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California landlords will no longer be able to require rent to be paid online, drivers will be able to show police their proof of insurance on their smartphone and sports fans will be given a little more protection at football and baseball stadiums under bills signed into law Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

With hundreds of pieces of legislation on his desk, Brown signed 59 bills Friday, including a measure by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) that prohibits landlords from requiring tenants to make rental payments electronically.

Lieu said many tenants do not have access or knowledge about computers, so they should be allowed to pay by paper check or money order.

“The elderly, disabled and poor -- or someone who simply wants to keep their options open, can now be assured paying rent online is but one option open to them,’ Lieu said after the signing of his SB 1055. That bill and others signed Friday take effect Jan. 1, 2013.


Brown also signed a measure allowing motorists who are pulled over by the police to show their proof of insurance on an electronic device, such as an iPhone. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) introduced the measure, saying it provided convenience for motorists in an increasingly paperless society. Idaho and Arizona already have laws similar to Gattto’s AB 1708. The governor also put his signature to a measure requiring professional sports arenas and stadiums to post notices visible from seating and parking areas providing contact information to summon security. Gatto introduced AB 2464 after a series of violent incidents, including the serious injury of a Giants fan in a beating at Dodger Stadium.

Another bill signed by Brown requires parents to get a doctor’s permission before an infant 1 month old or younger can get a work permit to be featured in a television show or other entertainment. An Assembly committee drafted AB 2396. ALSO:

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-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento