Facing a deadline to take action before midnight tonight, Gov. Jerry Brown has been on a tear of bill signings in recent days. Over the weekend, he approved high-profile legislation that would set an “affirmative consent” standard for sexual activity on college campuses; eliminate sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine; and hold businesses liable when subcontractors violate wage, workplace safety or workers’ compensation rules, a priority for organized labor this session.
Several major bills remain on Brown’s desk on this final day, however – most notably a statewide ban on plastic grocery bags. The proposal generated controversy all year long and only passed through the Legislature after some intense political maneuvering, but Brown has said that he will “probably” sign it.
Less certain are the fates of a number of firearms bills, including one requiring toy guns to be brightly colored and another that would allow the family members of someone displaying signs of violence to petition for the temporary removal of their weapon. Brown has been on both sides of gun control legislation in the past.