Gov. signs 102 bills, ve­toes 37

Los Angeles Times - - Obituaries - — Pa­trick McGreevy and Jack Dolan

Au­topsy re­ports on slain chil­dren can be sealed from the me­dia un­der one of 102 bills ap­proved Mon­day by Gov. Sch­warzeneg­ger that also in­cluded harsher penal­ties for any­one hurt­ing a child un­der 8, a ban on sell­ing elec­tronic cig­a­rettes to mi­nors and longer li­cense re­vo­ca­tions for re­peat drunk driv­ers.

SB 5 by Sen. Den­nis Hollingsworth (R-Mur­ri­eta) al­lows au­topsy re­ports to be sealed at the request of the vic­tim’s par­ents. It was a re­sponse to me­dia re­quests for doc­u­ments in the cases of Chelsea King and Am­ber Dubois, two San Diego County teenagers raped and mur­dered by a con­victed sex of­fender.

Sch­warzeneg­ger also signed AB 1280 by Assem­bly­man Mike Villines (RClo­vis), cre­at­ing harsher penal­ties for any­one caus­ing phys­i­cal harm to a child younger than 8 that re­sults in per­ma­nent in­jury or dis­abil­ity. Also, any­one con­victed of three or more drunk driv­ing in­ci­dents in a 10-year pe­riod could have his or her li­cense re­voked for up to 10 years un­der AB 1601 by Assem­bly­man Jerry Hill (DSan Ma­teo). And the gover­nor signed SB 882 by Sen. Ellen Cor­bett (D-San Le­an­dro), mak­ing it an in­frac­tion to sell or fur­nish elec­tronic cig­a­rettes to those un­der 18.

Sch­warzeneg­ger ve­toed 37 bills, in­clud­ing one that would have re­quired fur cloth­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers to at­tach con­spic­u­ous la­bels nam­ing the kind of an­i­mal used for each gar­ment. The gover­nor said AB 1656, by As­sem­bly­woman Fiona Ma (D-San Fran­cisco), would in­crease costs for clothes mak­ers and the $1,000 charge for fail­ing to in­clude the la­bel was too steep.

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