- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The latest on legislation acted upon by California Gov. Jerry Brown (all times local):

5:43 p.m.:

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have set standards for when local governments can accept surplus military equipment like armored vehicles, heavy weapons and aircraft.

AB36 by Democratic Assemblywoman Nora Campos of San Jose was one of several bills lawmakers approved this year in response to concerns about police activities. It would have required local governments to hold a public hearing before acquiring the equipment.

Brown said in a veto message Wednesday that transparency is important but it must be tempered by security concerns. He worries about jeopardizing safety by revealing equipment shortages of local law enforcement agencies in public meetings.



The governor also says the measure is unnecessary because a May executive order by President Barack Obama requires local governments to approve equipment donations.

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5:27 p.m.:

California state government will expand legal protections for transgender workers by barring state agencies from doing business with companies that discriminate in the benefits they offer.

Gov. Jerry Brown approved legislation Wednesday that prevents state agencies from signing contracts with companies that do not offer the same health benefits to transgender workers they provide other workers. It applies to contracts for goods or services worth more than $100,000.

SB703 by Sen. Mark Leno, a San Francisco Democrat, expands existing California law that requires gender nondiscrimination in employee benefits.

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4:08 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation to make competitive cheerleading an official high school sport in California.

The governor on Wednesday announced signing a bill requiring the California Interscholastic Federation to oversee competitive cheerleading as it does other high school sports.

Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego says at least eight other states treat competitive cheerleading as a sport. She says the formal recognition will give the sport the respect and safety standards that athletes deserve.

Her bill, AB949, requires the change by the 2017-18 school year.

Gonzalez is a former high school and college cheerleader.

The Democratic governor previously signed a bill by Gonzalez requiring minimum wage pay and overtime for cheerleaders of professional sports teams.

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3:47 p.m.:

Pedestrians and bicyclists can continue crossing the iconic Golden Gate Bridge for free under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown has signed.

The governor announced Wednesday that he signed AB40 by Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco. It prohibits transportation agencies from charging sidewalk tolls on five state-owned bridges in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ting introduced the measure to block Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District from imposing sidewalk fees to help close a budget deficit.

Four bridges in the U.S. charge pedestrians 50-cents to cross. All are at border crossings with Mexico and Canada.

Ting says the Golden Gate Bridge would have been the first solely domestic span with a sidewalk toll.

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