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Governor Vetoes 273 Bills but Signs 571

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Schwarzenegger takes action on wages, benefits and other measures

October 03, 2004

Vetoes

The 273 bills vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger included legislation on the following topics:

BAD MEAT: A bill that would have allowed state health officials to tell local health officers and the public which stores or restaurants may have received shipments of tainted meat. A secrecy agreement between California and the U.S. Department of Agriculture hinders such disclosures. (SB 1585 by Sen. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough)

DENTISTS: A bill that would have allowed dentists to perform facial cosmetic surgery. (SB 1336 by Sen. John Burton, D-San Francisco)

DRIVER'S LICENSES: A bill that would have made California's 2 million illegal immigrants eligible for driver's licenses. Schwarzenegger said he feared that terrorists would use the documents to infiltrate the country. (AB 2895 by Assemblyman Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles)

DRUGS: Seven of nine bills, all written by Democrats, that were aimed at lowering prescription drug prices for individual Californians and the state itself. Two would have eased consumer access to Canadian pharmacies where drugs cost less. (AB 1957, AB 1958, AB 1960, SB 1144, SB 1149, SB 1333, SB 1563)

E-MAILS: A bill that would have required employers to inform workers if management might ever read their e-mails. (SB 1841 by Sen. Debra Bowen, D-Marina del Rey)

FERRET AMNESTY: A bill that would have made pet ferrets legal and granted amnesty to the more than 100,000 weasel-like animals already kept by Californians, so long as they were spayed or neutered and vaccinated against rabies. Schwarzenegger, who co-starred with a ferret in "Kindergarten Cop," said the issue needed more study. (SB 89 by Sen. Dede Alpert, D-San Diego)

FOREIGN JOBS: Five labor-backed bills by Democrats that sought to track and curb the movement of jobs overseas. One bill would have banned state agencies from contracting with companies that "outsource" jobs. Another would have required California companies to annually report how many people they employ outside the United States. (AB 1829, AB 2715, AB 3021, SB 888, SB 1492)

GRAPES: A bill that would have banned farmers from requiring workers to test unwashed grapes for ripeness by eating them. Schwarzenegger said existing workplace rules already cover inappropriate practices. (SB 1901 Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-Sun Valley)

MASCOTS: A bill that would have banned public schools from using the term "Redskins" as a team name. Schwarzenegger said such a decision should be left to individual schools. (AB 858 by Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, D-Los Angeles)

MATERNITY BENEFITS: A bill that would have required that insurers provide maternity benefits. (SB 1555 by Sen. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough)

MINIMUM WAGE: A bill that would have raised the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $7.75 an hour in July 2006. (AB 2832 by Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, D-Mountain View)

PRISON CARE: A bill that would have required that prisoners examined by outside doctors received the medical treatment prescribed, unless certain conditions were met. (AB 2742 by Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy, R-Monrovia)

PRISON INTERVIEWS: A bill that would have allowed journalists to freely interview inmates inside prisons. (SB 1164 by Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles)

PORTS: A bill that would have required the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to stick to a baseline amount of air pollution set by state regulators. The ports, Southern California's biggest air polluters, are rapidly expanding. (AB 2042 by Assemblyman Allan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach)

SICK INMATES: A bill that would have made terminally ill, quadriplegic and otherwise incapacitated prison inmates eligible for early release. (AB 1945 by Assemblyman Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento)

TAX REFUNDS: A bill that would have required tax preparers to tell clients upfront how much they charge for "instant refunds," which are loans to cover the amount a person expects to get as a tax refund. (AB 2868 by Assemblyman Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles)

WILDFIRES: Four of five bills that were based in part on the recommendations of a commission formed by Schwarzenegger last fall after Southern California wildfires burned more than 3,000 homes. The governor said the bills would have made it harder for firefighters to exercise their discretion over how best to spend money, and it would have diverted money from homeland security. (SB 1611, SB 902, AB 1588, AB 2406)

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Approvals

The 571 bills signed by the governor included legislation on the following topics:

.50-CALIBER RIFLES: A bill banning sale of the long-range weapons starting in January. (AB 50 by Assemblyman Paul Koretz, D-West Hollywood)

BALLOT PRINTOUTS: A bill requiring that electronic voting systems approved for use in California after January 2005 include paper printouts so voters can check the accuracy of their votes. (SB 1438 by Sen. Ross Johnson, R-Irvine)

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