Brown signs law requiring protesters to be 300 feet away from funerals

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Governor Jerry Brown signed 26 bills into law Monday, including one that protects families from protests at funerals.

Under the new law, protesters must remain 300 feet away from a funeral and be on public property.

When Governor Brown vetoed similar legislation last year, he referred to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that the First Amendment protects funeral protests — but this year's bill is different.

“Last year’s bill was more restrictive and would have required protestors to be 1000 feet away," explains Amy Quinton. "In that same Supreme Court case, justices ruled that states can impose some limits on time and place of funeral protests. And this new law does that.”

The governor also vetoed a bill that would have added a $1 fine to traffic tickets. The money raised would have gone to a program for spinal cord injury research at the University of California.

In his veto message, Governor Brown said the state should base its fines on reasonable punishment and shouldn’t use them to pay for general fund activities.

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