One measure requires car dealers to register new vehicles electronically with the DMV. Used car dealers will also have to tell potential buyers about any flooding or serious crash damage a vehicle sustained.
The governor signed a bill that will let Alameda County raise its sales tax above the statewide maximum if approved by voters. It's opposed by taxpayer groups.
Brown also jabbed Republicans by issuing signing messages on two GOP-authored bills. On one of them, a measure that will impose a one percent fee on the sale of olive trees, he wrote: "Perhaps the author and his colleagues might apply the same solicitude - and revenue - to ensure the health and viability of our schools?"
And he earned praise from Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton by vetoing a bill Dutton called a job-killer that could have resulted in higher attorney fees in civil cases.