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Brown Signs Ivory Ban, DNA Collection, Beer Bike Bills


UPDATE at 9:25pm: Later this evening, Gov. Brown, First Lady Anne Gust Brown and their two First Dogs boarded a popular Sacramento pedi-cab known as the “Beer Bike” to sign a measure allowing riders to drink while riding.

ORIGINAL STORY: California Gov. Jerry Brown has tightened the state's ban on the sale of ivory products and created a backstop to a DNA collection system currently under judicial review.

Those two measures are among the 22 bills he signed today, completing a busy weekend. On Saturday, Brown acted on two-dozen crime-related measures.

Current state law bans the sale of ivory products - such as rhinoceros and elephant horns - but exempts products imported before 1977. The bill Brown signed Sunday ends that exemption. The measure was authored by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego).

Another measure signed Sunday addresses California's DNA collection system, which was struck down by a state appeals court last year but remains in effect pending a state Supreme Court review. The bill by Asm. Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) would create an alternate DNA collection and testing system that would be implemented if the state's existing system is ruled unconstitutional. The measure is deeply personal to Gatto, who hopes the DNA system will one day find his father's murderer.

Brown has until Wednesday at midnight to act on the "End of Life Option Act" and until next Sunday at midnight to act on the hundreds of other remaining bills.

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