Lawmakers approved AB966 by Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta of Alameda on a 45-26 vote Monday.
Unlike the previous legislation, which spelled out a plan for California prisons to distribute condoms, the latest version would ask the California Department of Corrections to write its own plan.
Brown rejected last year's legislation, saying the corrections department already allows family visitors to bring condoms for overnight visits.
Bonta says a community group has volunteered to donate the condoms and dispensers. Condoms are not legally available in most prisons because it is illegal for inmates to have sex with each other.
A study has found mixed results from the $15 million California spent to thwart prison drug smuggling by increasingly creative inmates.
State Analyst Caitlin O'Neil says Proposition 57, which intends to make more non-violent offenders eligible for parole, requires more work and specificity into its implementation.
(AP) - A federal judge says she will fine California $1,000 a day if state officials don't start providing swifter care for mentally ill inmates.
(AP) - California is regaining responsibility for providing medical care at an eighth state prison after 10 years of oversight.