Governor signs several bills by local lawmakers

September 07, 2012
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Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) that would clamp down on unruly behavior of fan at professional sporting events.

The bill requires signs showing the security phone numbers to be posted where spectators can see them from their seats and in parking lots — the idea being that fans can call or text to quickly summon stadium security for help.

The original proposal called for the names and photos of fans who are found guilty of committing violent acts at sporting events to be posted on the Internet and circulated to sports venues, police departments and ticketing offices throughout the state. But that provision encountered stiff opposition from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.

Gatto said he wrote the legislation, in part, because of the brutal beating of Bryan Stow during the opening game between the L.A. Dodgers and San Francisco Giants last year.


Brown also signed a Gatto bill that will give California drivers the option of carrying their proof of auto insurance and vehicle registration in electronic form, such as on a smart phone or other personal electronic device.

Another bill by Gatto that stipulates that funds in bank accounts with more than one signer belong to each person based on their contributions was also signed into law.

Still awaiting the governor’s decision was the California Homemade Food Act, which would legalize the sale of homemade, “non-potentially hazardous” foods.

AB 1616 would allow the sale of foods such as breads, tortillas, dry roasted nuts, cookies, granola and fruit preserves.

A two-tier system of operations based upon the point of sale would be created under the legislation.

Producers who want to sell directly to consumers would register with the local health department. Those deciding to sell to local retail shops would be subject to initial inspection and permitting by the local health department.

All producers would also be required to complete a food processor course, verify their home kitchen meets certain standards and disclose on a label that the product was made in a home kitchen.

“Creating a legal structure for the safe, in-home production of certain foods the respects the importance of public health is a sensible approach that will spark more economic activity in our local economies and in California,” Gatto said in a statement.

The measure passed unanimously in the Senate and made it through the Assembly on a 60-16 vote.

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