State Senator Bill Monning, who authored the bill, says the manufacturers now hold all the cards in who can access on-board electronic data.
“My bill is designed to protect the consumer’s right to direct who today can access that information, or to whom I might direct it for purposes of repair or different types of computer application,” says Monning.
Backers of the bill say smart technologies in cars are expanding at such a pace that all new cars sold by 2025 will come equipped with connectivity devices.
Curt Augustine with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers says SB 994 would actually make driver’s information less secure.
“It’s a single interest bill that would promote the dissemination of information to insurance companies on driver behavior,” says Augustine.
Bill supporters say current state law already guards against that by limiting to mileage what insurance companies can collect from on-board data systems.
Health care advocates are concerned about a California law that allows the state to claim assets of deceased people who received health care through Medi-Cal.
UPDATE: Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have released a new $7.2 billion water bond proposal, but there's no deal yet. To buy more time, lawmakers have extended Monday's key election deadline by 48 hours.
California senators approved a bill encouraging schools to educate students about Barack Obama's election in the context of past discrimination.
A water bond, a school bond, a statewide plastic bag ban and paid sick leave are all on California lawmakers’ agenda as they return Monday for their final month of session.
The California legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit law enforcement from using aerial surveillance drones without a warrant.