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Governor Puts a Wrap on Legislation

October 09, 2005

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday completed action on the 961 bills sent to him by the Legislature this year. In total, he signed 729 into law and vetoed 232. For more information on bills, go to www.leginfo.ca.gov.

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Bills Signed

Armenia: Extends a law to allow California to create a trade office in the Republic of Armenia and authorize the state to accept private donations to run the office. (SB 897 by Sen. Jack Scott, D-Altadena)

Battery recycling: Requires stores that sell rechargeable batteries to accept those batteries for recycling, reuse or proper disposal starting in July 2006. The law exempts grocery stores and stores with sales of less than $1 million a year, and it does not apply to ordinary household batteries. (AB 1125 by Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills)

Boat fees: Increases boat registration fees from $10 to $20 for two years. (SB 255 by Sen. Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch)

Body piercing: Makes it an infraction, punishable by a $250 fine, to pierce the body of someone younger than 18 without the consent of a parent or guardian. (AB 646 by Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster)

Codes: Makes it easier and cheaper for homeowners to remove unlawful and discriminatory language in the covenants, conditions and restrictions that govern use of their property, such as those that date to the 1940s and '50s and restrict ownership to whites. (AB 394 by Assemblyman Roger Niello, R-Fair Oaks)

Cosmetics: Requires cosmetic makers to inform the state of any toxic product ingredients. (SB 484 by Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco)

Defibrillators: Requires fitness clubs to keep an automatic external defibrillator on the premises and teach staff how to use it to help a customer in cardiac arrest. (AB 1507 by Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills)

Dietary supplements: Prohibits high school athletes from using performance-enhancing dietary supplements that are banned in college and Olympic sports. Requires coaches to take a course on the harmful health effects of those substances. (SB 37 by Sen. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough)

Doctorates: Allows the California State University system to issue the doctor of education degree. (SB 724 by Sen. Jack Scott, D-Altadena)

Domestic partners: Allows domestic partners to transfer private property to each other without triggering a reassessment and taxation at current market value. (SB 565 by Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco)

Homeowners associations: Requires the state's more than 41,000 homeowners associations, which collect fees from residents in many condominium, mobile home and gated subdivision developments, to use secret ballots for elections (SB 61 by Sen. Jim Battin, R-La Quinta). Bans such associations from foreclosing on a home for unpaid assessments of less than $1,800 or 12 months' delinquency (SB 137 by Sen. Denise Ducheny, D-San Diego). Requires the associations to make accounting records and minutes of proceedings available to members (AB 1098 by Assemblyman Dave Jones, D-Sacramento)

Incest: Amends a 1981 law so that people who sexually assault family members younger than 14 are treated the same as those who assault children who are strangers. The old law allowed child molesters to avoid prison time if their victim was a family member. (SB 33 by Sen. Jim Battin, R-La Quinta)

Internet hunting: Bans the killing of animals via the Internet from California. (SB 1028 by Sen. Debra Bowen, D-Marina del Rey)

Jet fuel: Closes a loophole that had allowed Oakland, through an agreement with United Airlines, to receive millions of dollars in jet fuel sales tax revenue that will now be distributed among several cities, including Los Angeles, starting in 2008. (AB 451 by Assemblyman Leland Yee, D-San Francisco)

Junk faxes: Bans the sending of unsolicited advertising faxes from California and allows people who receive "junk" faxes to sue for at least $500 per violation. (SB 833 by Sen. Debra Bowen, D-Marina del Rey)

Medical records: Requires hospitals and clinics to note a patient's primary spoken language on medical records. (AB 800 by Assemblyman Leland Yee, D-San Francisco)

Methamphetamine: Sets cleanup standards for houses, apartments and other places used as illegal methamphetamine manufacturing labs. Washington state's detection-based standard will be used from January 2006 (AB 1078 by Assemblyman Rick Keene, R-Chico) until California toxicologists write health-based standards in October 2007. (SB 536 by Sen. Debra Bowen, D-Marina del Rey)

Mexican repatriation: Apologizes to the estimated 400,000 U.S. citizens and legal residents of Mexican ancestry who were illegally deported to Mexico between 1929 and 1944. (SB 670 by Sen. Joe Dunn, D-Santa Ana)

Movie meal breaks: Allows the motion picture and broadcast industries to substitute the meal break rules in their union contracts for state law. (AB 1734 by Assemblyman Paul Koretz, D-West Hollywood)

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