With a More Active Veto Pen, Brown Clears His Desk



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(Sacramento, CA)
Sunday, October 13, 2013

After signing nearly every bill to reach his desk this year, the governor vetoed them much more frequently in recent days.  He rejected a measure that would have extended the statute of limitations for reporting sexual abuse in certain cases involving private entities, but not public ones – calling the legislation “too open-ended and unfair.”  He also vetoed bills that would have required search warrants for law enforcement to obtain emails and social media content; and allowed some drug crimes to be charged as misdemeanors instead of felonies.

Brown signed measures to loosen development rules around Lake Tahoe; toughen penalties for paroled sex offenders who remove their ankle-mounted GPS bracelets; and ban state funds for charter cities that don’t pay prevailing wages for public works projects.

For the year, the governor signed 800 bills and vetoed 96 – for a veto rate of just under 11 percent.

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