SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) – Gov. Gavin Newsom was no rigid ideologue when it came to his decisions on the hundreds of bills sent to him in an odd legislative year shortened by the coronavirus. The first-term Democrat most often sided with labor, immigration and criminal justice reform groups but also vetoed bills they had made priorities.
Among some of his higher-profile decisions:
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He signed measures shifting the burden of proof for allowing workers’ compensation based on coronavirus; requiring employers to warn employees if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus; and allowing more paid family leave.
But he vetoed a labor priority bill that would have required the hospitality industry to give laid-off workers first dibs on getting their old jobs back, and drew protests Thursday for vetoing a measure that would have ended the nearly 50-year exclusion of domestic workers from protections under CAL/OSHA, the California Occupational Safety Health Act.
But Newsom blocked making ethnic studies a high school graduation requirement, citing controversy over the model curriculum, and rejected giving low-income immigrants $600 to buy groceries citing the cost.
Newsom approved banning choke holds; increasing oversight of both sheriffs and the killings of unarmed suspects by police; allowing mistrials if defendants can prove racial bias; limiting probation terms; and phasing out state-operated juvenile prisons.
But he rejected providing state funding for community organizations to take over some police duties to de-escalate confrontations; allowing parolees to reduce the length of their supervision; creating a California Reentry Commission; or requiring police to notify the state whenever an officer is fired — in most cases saying the bills track similar existing or pending efforts.
He backed requiring insurers to cover more mental health treatment; using the state’s market power to lower the cost of generic drugs; banning flavored tobacco; requiring hospitals to boost supplies of masks, gloves and other protective equipment; and letting nurse practitioners practice without supervision.