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The Governer has decided

—GUEST OPINION

 

 

According to statistics from the Governor’s office, this year Gover­nor Jerry Brown signed 808 bills and vetoed 133, for a total of 941 bills. With over 2,300 new bills introduced, that’s a veto rate of about 14 percent.

Among the bills signed and vetoed, there were a number of surprises, and some that weren’t so surprising. Among the surprises, the governor vetoed labor-backed legislation that would have allowed workers to take up to 12 weeks off to care for sick family members, including siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, domes­tic partners and parents-in-law.

Current law only allows that benefit for sick children, parents or spouses.

Governor Brown signed “right- to-die” legislation for the termi­nally ill, but vetoed the “right to try bill” that would have allowed terminally ill patients use experi­mental drugs as a last resort.

In spite of recent investiga­tions and ongoing criticism of the California Public Utilities Com­mission, a package of bills aimed at reforming the PUC, including legislation which attempted to rein in conflicts of interest among commissioners, was vetoed.

The governor signed a bill that au­tomatically registers people to vote who apply for new or renewed driv­ers’ licenses, increasing the likeli­hood of fraudulent voting by illegal immigrants.

He also signed a package of bills establishing regulations to govern production, transportation and sale of medical marijuana.

In another surprising move, Gov­ernor Brown vetoed a bipartisan bill that attempted to rein in Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit abuse by establishing a short window for small businesses to correct deficiencies in their compliance with the act before being sued.

Agree or disagree, eight months of debate, discussion and late-night committee hearings by 120 legisla­tors eventually comes down to the fi­nal decisions of one individual.


*Note: Opinions expressed by columnists and letter writers are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the newspaper.

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