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Jerry Brown signs massage regulation, Armenian genocide instruction bills

Gov. Jerry Brown has handed California cities some sought-after tools for controlling a massage industry boom.

Cities and police officers have complained about a proliferation of massage parlors in recent years, saying the culprit was a 2008 law giving the nonprofit California Massage Therapy Council overriding authority for overseeing massage parlors. The issue was a priority for the League of California Cities.

Brown announced on Thursday that he had signed Assembly Bill 1147, which restores some power to local jurisdictions – notably granting them land-use powers making it easier to shut down or restrict the number of massage establishments.

Also earning Brown’s signature was a measure prodding California schools to teach students about the Armenian genocide. Advocates for greater awareness call the deaths of over 1 million Armenians one of the great atrocities of the 20th century, but granting official recognition often proves difficult. A congressional resolution acknowledging the event has encountered strong opposition amid concerns it would damage relations with Turkey, which says the deaths were part of a war, not a genocide.

The bills were two of 41 bill signings and six vetoes announced Thursday by Brown’s office. The Democratic governor signed the measures without comment.

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