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Gov. Brown Signs, Vetoes More Bills As Deadline Approaches


Brown signed a bill that would allow patients with an immediately life threatening disease to seek clinical drugs after they've exhausted other treatment options.

Another measure will require doctors to consult a statewide database before prescribing opioids to patients.

The governor also signed a bill that requires the state to develop recommendations for computer science curriculum for K-12 students.

But he vetoed a measure that would require in-person visitation at jail facilities. 

About 18 counties have eliminated, plan to eliminate or have restrict in-person visitation in at least one of their jails.

The bill, introduced by Senator Holly Mitchell, would require jails that do not provide in-person visitation to do so by January 1, 2022.

Mitchell says she is deeply disappointed in the governor’s decision to veto the bill. She says she hopes Governor Brown issues a strong directive about jail visitation.

"I am certainly hoping that it's a strong directive that tells the Board of State and Community Corrections that he does not expect any additional jail construction plans to be approved or funded without in-person visitation accommodations," Mitchell says.

In his veto message, Governor Brown wrote that the bill doesn't provide adequate flexibility and creates a strict mandate. He's directing the Board of State and Community Corrections to address video only visitation.

Brown has until Friday to sign or veto the remaining bills on his desk.