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Brown puts his John Hancock on a big stack of bills

California Gov. Jerry Brown has over 400 bills left to sign or veto by this week's end.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has over 400 bills left to sign or veto by this week's end.
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Governor Jerry Brown has been busily working his way through some 600 legislative bills on his desk – the bills must be either signed or vetoed by October 9th. So far he’s approved 145 and vetoed 14.

Among the bills that have received the governor’s stamp of approval: one that prohibits cities from banning male circumcision, which was crafted in response to a controversial ballot measure in San Francisco, which was struck down by a Superior Court judge in June; a measure that creates penalties for selling synthetic marijuana, which purportedly has effects similar to the real thing; a bill that prevents local governments from banning union labor agreements on publicly-funded construction projects and one that allows museums and nonprofits to display dead mountain lions. And he’s nixed around 14, some with pithy rebukes to their authors, including one that would have allowed funeral salesmen to pester seniors in their homes without required notice.

Still to go are a number of significant measures: one that would allow unions to organize home child care providers, a ban against “open carry” of handguns and a bill requiring insurance companies to cover certain behavioral therapies for autism. With over 400 bills yet to be signed or vetoed and less than a week to go, there are still many important issues on the table. We’ll talk with capital watchers to find out which ones should breeze right through – and which could get a thumbs down.


What bills are most important to you and your community? Do you give the governor a yay or a nay on his decisions so far?


Dan Walters, Political Columnist for The Sacramento Bee

Bob Stern, President at the Center for Governmental Studies