Capitol Alert

Jerry Brown signs oversight bill prompted by Berkeley balcony collapse

Fifteen months after the balcony collapse at a Berkeley apartment building that killed six people, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed legislation increasing state oversight of California building contractors.

Senate Bill 465, by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, will require contractors to notify the Contractors State License Board if they are convicted of felonies or crimes related to their work. The measure stalled last year but passed after lawmakers abandoned a proposed requirement that contractors report settlements involving claims of negligence, fraud or incompetence.

“This bill is an important step toward preventing another tragedy,” Brown said in a prepared statement.

Following the balcony collapse in Berkeley in 2015, state licensing board members said they would have investigated the construction company involved if they had known at the time that the company had paid more than $26 million in settlements within the previous three years.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders