- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed two bills that would require extra training for coroners and mental health professionals.

The Democratic governor announced Thursday that he rejected AB2029 by Assemblyman Ken Cooley, which was intended to help parents investigate their children’s death.

The bill by the Rancho Cordova Democrat would have required coroners to urge parents and guardians whose child dies from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome to take tissue samples.

Brown said it would be better to rely on coroners to use their best professional judgment.

The governor also vetoed AB2198 by Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine of San Rafael. The bill sought to require suicide prevention training for psychologists and counselors by requiring them to complete additional coursework.

Brown says he will ask the relevant licensing boards to evaluate the issue.


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