Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger completed action over the weekend on 1,172 bills sent to him by the Legislature this year. He signed 910 measures into law and vetoed 262.
He OKd laws that will affect millions of Californians and thousands of businesses, including measures to curb industrial greenhouse gas emissions, raise the minimum wage, catalyze competition between telephone and cable TV companies, increase penalties for sex offenders, offer poor Californians cheaper prescription drugs, and ban drivers from using hand-held cellphones.
The governor rejected bills that would have allowed illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses, required children to ride in car booster safety seats until age 8 and imposed fees on shippers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Here are some of the other actions Schwarzenegger took:
Bills signed into law
Requires the state to study ways to allow the sale of ceremonial foods within health standards (AB 2214).
Requires state health officers to notify the public about tainted meat (SB 611).
Expands laws to include county supervisors and other local elected officials (SB 1308).
Bans administrators from censoring college newspapers (AB 2581).
Provides an emergency $30-million loan to Compton Community College District (AB 318).
Requires prescription for all contacts, including those that change eye color (AB 1382).
Allows domestic partners to file joint state tax returns (SB 1827).
Requires drivers to slow or change lanes for emergency vehicles stopped along freeways (SB 1610).
Moves a $9-billion high-speed rail bond measure from the November ballot to the 2008 election (AB 713).
Requires people served with restraining orders to immediately relinquish their guns (SB 585).
Requires that all hospitals test hearing of newborns (AB 2651).
Bans the sale of human eggs and embryos for medical research (SB 1260).
Imposes a fine of $5,000 and possible jail time for landlords who fail to remediate lead-based paint (AB 2861).
Requires carmakers to give owners information on how to get new keys made (SB 1542).
Bans the sale of records without consent; makes it illegal to get them by fraud (SB 202).
Allows dentists to perform facial cosmetic surgery under certain conditions (SB 438).
Changes California playground safety standards to match national norms (AB 1144).
Requires new or remodeled pools to include at least one of seven anti-drowning features (AB 2977).
Reimburses counties $39 million for the 2005 special election (AB 1634).
Allows public safety officials to keep their voter registration data confidential (SB 506).
Would have directed schools to protect students from harassment based on sexual orientation (AB 606).
Would have banned Internet retailers from shipping cigarettes directly to consumers (SB 1208).
Would have required half of all new vehicles sold in the state to use alternative fuel by 2020 (AB 1012).
Would have allowed nonprofit groups to distribute condoms in prisons (AB 1677).
Would have boosted penalties against employers who pay less based on the sex of an employee (AB 2555).
Would have required large employers to spend the equivalent of 8% of total wages on health benefits (SB 1414).
Would have covered every Californian with health insurance through a government-run program (SB 840).
Would have allowed California farmers to grow industrial hemp (AB 1147).
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Would have allowed students who failed the high school exit exam to earn a high school diploma concurrent with earning a community college associate degree (SB 1546).
Would have made it illegal to pay initiative signature gatherers per signature (AB 2946).
Would have allowed an Orange County community college to sell TV station KOCE “for less than fair market value.”
Would have banned school books that “reflect adversely” on people because of sexual orientation (SB 1437).
Would have doubled the time that permanently disabled workers could receive benefits (SB 815).
For more information, go to www.leginfo.ca.gov.
Source: Times staff