Courtesy Jeremy B. White, sacbee.com, December 16, 2016
Every Fall, Gov. Jerry Brown’s time is consumed by what could best be described as legislative triage.
He sifts through the hundreds of bills sent to his desk and decides which ones will become law. This year, the Legislature sent Brown 1,059 pieces of legislation, 898 of which the governor deemed worthy of his signature. He vetoed 159 and let two become law without signing them.
On Jan. 1 we’ll start seeing the results. What follows is a list of the laws taking effect Jan. 1 (some of them passed in prior years but were designed to kick in on Jan. 1, 2017).