Gov. signs 102 bills, vetoes 37
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.