“BART officially unilaterally chose to shut down cell phone service to riders,” he said.
In 2011 BART ordered cell service shut off in several stations in anticipation of planned protests. The move was criticized by some as a violation of free speech.
Padilla said, in the case of extreme emergencies, agencies could get a court order after the fact.
Governor Jerry Brown vetoed similar legislation last year. But Padilla said this year’s version has the support of law enforcement. It now heads to Brown’s desk.
But Democrat Cheryl Brown said her bill would allow for an improperly-terminated employee to be reinstated. “This is with a medical excuse. It doesn’t say that you just are absent, absent, absent. This is with a medical excuse. So it really helps our employees,” Brown said.
Meanwhile, the Assembly also passed another labor-backed bill that would extend the same confidentiality given to lawyers and their clients to union members and their union representatives.