Lieu measures to create jobs, save money and protect public health dominate 2011 agenda

October 11, 2011
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Guv signs several Sen. Ted W. Lieu measures into law

SACRAMENTO – Creating jobs, saving taxpayer dollars and banning children from using cancer-causing tanning beds are among the measures by Sen. Ted W. Lieu signed into law by Gov. Brown.

“Slashing unemployment and protecting both our children and our wallets while creating middle-class jobs are among the 2011 successes benefiting Californians statewide,” Lieu, D-Torrance, said in reviewing his new laws endorsed by the Legislature and governor.

Here are Lieu’s laws taking effect Jan. 1, 2012:

Senate Bill 698 – Job Training and Oversight
As California faces the toughest jobs crisis in more than 50 years, SB 698 will help slash unemployment and improve how workers are connected to well-paying jobs by holding local job-training programs more accountable to higher standards.

SB 746 – Tanning Beds and Cancer Prevention
This first-in-the-nation law by Lieu bans youths under age 18 from using indoor tanning booths because science has shown they cause skin cancer. Doctors, pediatricians, dermatologists, scientists, insurers and health organizations statewide supported this public-health measure.

SB 757 – Insurance Equality
This anti-discrimination measure closes a loophole used by out-of-state health insurers to unfairly avoid paying medical-coverage benefits for domestic partners.

SB 917 – Curbing Animal Abuse and Neglect
This pet-protection measure will help prevent animal abuse by banning their sale on street corners and temporary retail venues.

SB 857 – Strike Damages
This bill clarifies state law relating to strike damages by prohibiting PERB from assessing damages based on a mere threat of a strike.

In addition, the governor signed three bills that Lieu supported, co-sponsored or co-authored. One helps veterans attend college, SB 813; Another,  SB 806, addresses pay abuses in the California National Guard; and the third cracks down on sex offenders, SB 622.

Finally, Lieu strongly, as co-author, supported AB 900 and a companion measure to streamline the review process for construction projects while protecting all existing environmental standards.

The governor also vetoed the following measures sponsored by Lieu:

  • SB 702 – Recovering Lost Pets - Microchipping
    Under SB 702, pet owners would have been required to implant an identifying microchip about the size of a grain of rice implanted beneath the skin between the shoulders of cats and dogs when they are adopted from a shelter or when lost animals are reclaimed by their families. This would have been the law of its kind nationwide and was expected to save taxpayers up to $300 million annually.
  • SB 759 – Water Conservation

This measure would have encouraged water conservation by allowing the use of artificial turf or other material that resembles grass in certain developments.

This bill sought to protect grieving families from disruptive protests while balancing constitutionally sanctioned restrictions on the time, place and manner in which protests at funerals can be held.

SPECIAL NOTE: The office of Sen. Lieu can provide a Spanish-speaking representative to comment on the bills cited in this Press Release.

 For more, including Fact Sheets on the above measures, visit Lieu’s Web site below.

 Ted W. Lieu represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 28, which includes the cities of Carson, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance, as well as portions of Long Beach, Los Angeles and San Pedro.  For more, visit www.senate.ca.gov/lieu.