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Thursday Roundup: Brown Signs Microbead Ban, Coal Divestment Bill

Carolyn Box / AP / Courtesy 5gyres.org

A sample of microbeads. The beads, made of plastic, are a popular ingredient in skin care products.

Carolyn Box / AP / Courtesy 5gyres.org

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed bills that ban the use of micro-beads in personal care products and require the state’s public pension funds to sell off their holdings in coal.
The microbead ban signed by the governor narrowly passed the state Legislature last month. It’ll take effect in 2020.

And minutes after Brown’s office announced he signed the coal divestment measure, CalPERS said it would start talking with coal companies about the nearly $60 million of coal investments in its portfolio.

The governor also signed three measures in response to the oil spill off the Central California coast earlier this year.

And on the health care front, Brown has approved legislation that limits deductibles for family insurance plans and caps co-pays for 30-day drug prescriptions.

The governor still has more than 200 bills to act on by midnight Sunday.

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