- Associated Press - Sunday, October 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on California legislation acted upon by Gov. Jerry Brown ahead of a Sunday deadline (All times local):

3:15 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown is rejecting a proposal from state lawmakers to require California colleges to set tougher penalties and add reporting on college students disciplined for sexual assault.

AB967 would have required students found responsible for rape and forcible sex acts to be suspended for at least two years.

It called for annual reporting on sexual assault, dating violence and stalking complaints, investigations, and the outcome of those investigations.

The governor says in a veto Sunday that the bill by Chino Democratic Sen. Connie Leyva could deprive professionals from using their best judgment in making disciplinary decisions.

Brown says legislation he signed requiring California colleges to adopt a so-called affirmative consent standard for investigating assault allegations and a law expanding investigations are addressing campus assault.

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2:47 p.m.

After signing a law last week creating some of the strongest equal pay rules in the nation, Gov. Jerry Brown is rejecting a bill that would have barred employers from using previous salary information to justify paying women less than their male co-workers.

The Democratic governor announced Sunday that he vetoed AB1017 by Democratic Assemblywoman Nora Campos of San Jose.

Campos said her bill aimed to end the cycle of women’s wages lagging behind men’s pay, but Brown says in a veto message that there’s little evidence it would ensure more equitable wages.

He says lawmakers should wait to see how the new equal pay law affects the gender wage gap before making changes.

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2:15 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a pair of bills opposed by the largest business advocacy group in California.

Senate Bill 406, authored by Santa Barbara Democrat Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, would have expanded the number of people entitled to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave from work to include grandparents, siblings, grandchildren and parent-in-laws. Current state law allows employees to take leave only to care for parents, children, a spouse or domestic partner.

Brown says the bill conflicts with federal law and could require employers to offer up to 24 weeks of family leave in a 12-month period. Federal law grants 12 weeks to workers caring for parents, spouse or children.

He also vetoed a bill banning mandatory arbitration agreements as a condition of employment. The Chamber of Commerce also opposed AB 465 by West Covina Democrat Roger Hernandez.

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1:45 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown has endorsed a “wage theft” bill to crack down on employers that shortchange workers.

He announced Sunday that he signed SB588 by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, making it easier for the state labor commissioner to collect unpaid wages on behalf of workers.

The legislation by the Los Angeles Democrat allows the labor commissioner to file a lien on an employer’s property to help employees collect unpaid wages.

Advocates say wage theft disproportionately affects low-wage workers, immigrants and women because some employers pay less than the minimum wage or skirt overtime pay.

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1:10 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have granted terminally ill patients speedier access to potentially life-saving yet experimental drugs.

The so-called “right to try” legislation would have allowed patients to petition drug companies for access to experimental treatments that have not yet been approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration but have already cleared the first phase of testing.

Brown says terminally ill patients should be able to try to access experimental medication, and that the FDA already has such a program in place. He said the state should give the federal process a chance.

Assemblyman Ian Calderon, a Whittier Democrat, authored AB 159. Supporters say the most critically ill do not qualify for clinical trials and the process to apply for special FDA permission takes so long that many die before their case is reviewed.

Twenty-four other states have right to try laws.

Earlier this week, the governor signed legislation granting terminally ill patients the right to end their lives with the help of a physician.

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12:42 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to further strengthen California’s mandatory vaccine laws by requiring that people who work or volunteer at day care centers be vaccinated against certain diseases.

The Democratic governor announced Sunday that he approved a bill requiring day care centers and homes to maintain immunization records proving their workers and volunteers have been vaccinated for the flu, pertussis and the measles.

Lawmakers approved SB792 by Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza of Artesia this fall after an earlier debate over vaccinations in schools roiled the Capitol for months.

In June Brown signed a hotly contested bill imposing one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country, following an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year.

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12:23 p.m.

California public schools will be barred from using the Redskins name for sports teams and mascots under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed.

The legislation, AB30, will prevent public schools from using a term that American Indians regard as offensive, starting in 2017.

Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo of Watsonville says the name dates from a period in California history when bounty hunters were rewarded for slaying Native Americans and should not be dignified with school affiliations.

Only four schools in California still have teams or mascots called the Redskins. A federal panel ruled last year that the team trademark for NFL’s Washington Redskins should be canceled, but the team is challenging the decision.

Brown rejected separate legislation on Sunday that bans naming parks, schools and other public property after Confederate leaders.


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