At a Glance: California Bills Signed and Vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed hundreds of bills into laws, ending the state's legislative season having enacted some of the country's most aggressive social policies.

The range of sweeping new laws in the most populous state reflects legislators' desire to set a national trend on progressive social and environmental issues while sidestepping more thorny economic matters.

The governor signed 808 bills and vetoed 133 others, according to his office. Here are some of those bills at a glance:

Signed into law:

AB30: Redskins name banned at public schools

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

Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo of Watsonville says the name dates from a period in state history when bounty hunters were rewarded for slaying Native Americans and should not be dignified with school affiliations. Four schools in California still have teams or mascots called the Redskins.


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ABx2 15: "Right to die" law

California will become the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives using doctor-prescribed drugs.

SB707: Concealed weapons not allowed on school campuses

The bill prohibits people with concealed weapons permits from carrying firearms on school and college campuses.

People who have concealed carry permits would be allowed to carry firearms within 1,000 feet of a public or private K-12 school, but not on the grounds. Retired law enforcement officers who are authorized by their former agency to carry concealed weapons would be exempt. Police chiefs and school districts could also set their own concealed weapons policies.

AB1461: Motor voter law

Eligible voters will be automatically registered when they obtain or renew their drivers' licenses. The so-called motor voter law aims to boost the state's voter rolls.

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SB4: Extended health care for immigrant children

The plan extends California's health care program for the poor to cover immigrant children from low-income families, regardless of their legal status.

Brown and legislative leaders earlier this year approved state funding to cover all children under 19 in Medi-Cal, the state's health care program for the poor. The initial cost is estimated at $40 million.

AB266, AB243, SB643: Medical marijuana policy

The trio of bills are aimed at bringing order and oversight to California's medical marijuana industry nearly 20 years after the state became the first to legalize pot for medical use.

SB178: California electronic privacy act

California will require police to get a court order before they can search messages, photos and other digital data stored on phones or company servers.

Civil liberties advocates called the new law an important advance and said it highlights the need for similar protections at the national level. It's the third of its kind in the U.S.

SB703: Transgender rights

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.

The legislation 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.

AB949: Cheerleading is recognized as a sport

Competitive cheerleading will become an official high school sport in California.

Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego says the formal recognition will give the sport the respect and safety standards that athletes deserve.

AB40: No bridge tolls for bikes and pedestrians

Pedestrians and bicyclists can continue crossing the iconic Golden Gate Bridge for free under the legislation.

The bill prohibits transportation agencies from charging sidewalk tolls on five state-owned bridges in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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AB1116: Smart TV privacy

The first-in-the-nation bill addresses privacy concerns as new smart TVs get equipped with voice recognition features.

The bill blocks a television's recording device unless consumers are prominently informed during initial setup that the feature could record conversations. It also forbids TV manufacturers and related third parties from using or selling stored conversations for advertising purposes.

SB238: Psychiatric drugs and foster children

A series of bills responds to concerns that group homes rely too heavily on psychiatric drugs to control the behavior of foster kids.

Social workers will be alerted when drugs are overprescribed and warn of dangerous drug interactions.

AB856: Paparazzi drones

The bill is intended to prevent paparazzi from flying drones over private property.

The legislation changes the definition of a physical invasion of privacy to include the airspace above someone's land in order to capture pictures or recordings. The governor's support came after he rejected other limits on drone use. He vetoed a similar proposal that would have made flying a drone above someone's property without permission a trespassing violation.


AB159: Terminally ill patients' "right to try"

The legislation would have granted terminally ill 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.

AB967: Campus sex assault reporting

The legislation would have set minimum penalties for sex assaults and required additional reporting on the outcome of assault investigations. The governor said the state shouldn't bar professionals from using their best judgment.

AB1017: Women's wages

After signing a law creating some of the strongest equal pay rules in the nation, the governor rejected a bill that would have barred employers from using previous salary information to justify paying women less than their male co-workers. He said there's little evidence it would ensure more equitable wages.

SB539: Confederate names

It would have banned naming schools, parks, buildings and other public property after Confederate leaders. Brown said it's an issue "quintessentially for local decision makers."

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