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Brown Signs Pro Cheerleading, Farmers Market Beer Bills


Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that requires professional sports teams in California to treat their cheerleaders as employees – not independent contractors.

The measure came in response to lawsuits that alleged pro sports cheerleaders were underpaid. It passed the Legislature on mostly party-line votes, although there was no formal opposition.

The governor has also signed a bill that allows limited beer tastings at farmers markets.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio 

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