Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday Must Reads: Governor Vetoes $100 Million in Funding for UC and CSU; Brown Also Turns Down Drone-Restrictions Bill

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

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1. Governor Jerry Brown vetoed legislation backed by Democrats that sought to provide a total of $100 million — $50 million each — for the University of California and California State University systems, the SacBee$ reports. Brown cited lower-than-expected property tax revenues and the costs of fighting wildfires to explain his veto.

2. The governor also vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have required law enforcement agencies to obtain search warrants to use drones for surveillance, the LA Times$ reports. Lawmakers said that as a result of the governor’s decision, they may push to ban drones completely in the state.

3. In an effort to combat sexual assaults on college campuses, the governor signed legislation that makes California the first state in the nation to mandate that universities adopt standards that require students to provide affirmative consent before having sex, the LA Times$ reports.

4. Brown also signed legislation that provides $3 million in stopgap funding for the financially strapped Doctor’s Medical Center in San Pablo, the CoCo Times$ reports. The bill’s author, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, said the funding should enable the hospital to remain open until early next year.

5. Brown also signed a union-backed bill that makes businesses liable if their subcontractors violate labor laws, the SacBee$ reports. The California Chamber of Commerce had strongly opposed the bill.

6. The governor also signed legislation that tightens regulations on senior care homes, the LA Times$ reports.

7. And Alameda police arrested two men for allegedly starting at least eight fires over the weekend that displaced four families and destroyed several businesses, the Chron reports.  

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