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Gov. Jerry Brown signs 59 bills

The governor OKs a ban on requiring tenants to pay rent online and a measure allowing drivers to show proof of insurance with smartphones.

September 08, 2012|By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
  • Gov. Jerry Brown last month in Los Angeles.
Gov. Jerry Brown last month in Los Angeles. (Nick Ut, Associated Press )

SACRAMENTO — California landlords can no longer require rent to be paid online, drivers will be able to show police their proof of insurance on their smartphones and sports fans may have a little more protection at stadiums under bills signed into law Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

With hundreds of pieces of legislation on his desk, Brown signed 59 measures Friday, including one by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) that prohibits landlords from requiring tenants to pay their rent electronically.

Lieu said many tenants do not have access to or knowledge about computers, so they should be allowed to pay by paper check or money order.

"The elderly, disabled and poor — or someone who simply wants to keep their options open — can now be assured paying rent online is but one option open to them," Lieu said.

His bill, SB 1055, and others signed Friday will take effect Jan. 1.

Brown also approved a measure allowing motorists who are pulled over by police to show proof of insurance on an electronic device, such as an iPhone. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) said his bill, AB 1708, provided convenience for motorists in an increasingly paperless society. Idaho and Arizona have similar laws.

The governor signed another Gatto measure requiring professional sports arenas and stadiums to post contact information for security personnel that is visible from seating and parking areas. Gatto introduced AB 2464 after a series of violent incidents, including the beating of a Giants fan at Dodger Stadium.

"This bill will prevent a lot of incidents from getting out of control,'' Gatto said. "The signs will be a reminder that stadium security is just a few steps away.''

Another bill approved by Brown requires parents to have a doctor's permission before being granted an entertainment work permit for infants 1 month old or younger. An Assembly committee drafted the measure, AB 2396.

patrick.mcgreevy@latimes.com

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