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Labor-backed bill for private contractors passes Senate

The state Senate on Friday approved legislation prohibiting private EMTs and other contractors from using logos for public agencies they serve without identifying themselves as contractors.

Senate Bill 556, by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, was supported by the California Labor Federation and California Professional Firefighters.

The California State Association of Counties, League of California Cities and EMT and paramedic organizations opposed the measure, saying it was unnecessary and could obscure the identities of public agencies contractors are serving.

The measure was approved 23-11 along party lines. Padilla said it would apply a “basic standard of disclosure” to private contractors, and there was no debate or discussion.

If signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the bill will prohibit contractors from using a public agency’s logo on their uniforms without disclosing that they are contractors.

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