December 11, 2023

Highlighting a flurry of signings and vetoes in latest days, Gov. Gavin Newsom headed right into a remaining week to behave on tons of of payments by approving new environmental and fentanyl legal guidelines, prohibiting hidden-fees, and making California the primary state to ban meals dyes and to carry social media corporations accountable for baby intercourse trafficking.

The governor additionally rejected a number of proposed legal guidelines, together with one that may have made the state the primary to ban caste discrimination, and others that may have decriminalized psychedelic medication and evasion of transit fares. In whole, he signed 324 payments and vetoed 144 over the weekend, and has scores left to contemplate by Saturday’s deadline.

Among the many notable new legal guidelines, California would be the first state to ban 4 meals components already prohibited in lots of different international locations over potential well being dangers with signature on a invoice critics had lampooned as a “Skittles ban” threatening to remove the favored colourful sweet.

Newsom in a press release on signing AB 418 stated he was together with a bag of Skittles from Europe the place the components already are banned as “demonstrable proof that the meals trade is able to sustaining product strains whereas complying with totally different public well being legal guidelines, country-to-country.”

The Nationwide Confectioners Affiliation stated the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration considers the substances at subject secure and the invoice would create a complicated and expensive patchwork of state legal guidelines. The banned substances are Purple Dye No. 3, Potassium Bromate, Brominated Vegetable Oil, or Propyl Paraben.

Invoice writer Jesse Gabriel, an Encino Democrat, boasted assist from health icon and former Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The accepted invoice eliminated titanium dioxide — added to brighten colours in meals like candies — from the ban, and delayed implementation till 2027 to offer producers time to regulate.

Newsom vetoed one other invoice that may have made California the primary state to ban discrimination primarily based upon caste, a classification in South Asian cultures.

Newsom stated he didn’t assume SB 403 was wanted. The invoice by state Sen. Aisha Wahab, a Hayward Democrat, would have made California the primary state to ban discrimination primarily based on caste bias.

The invoice had break up California’s giant South Asian group. Supporters noticed it as a crucial clarification that caste discrimination is prohibited. However critics argued the state’s antidiscrimination legal guidelines are ample and feared it will stigmatize these of South Asian descent.

“In California, we consider everybody deserves to be handled with dignity and respect, irrespective of who they’re, the place they arrive from, who they love, or the place they dwell,” Newsom stated in a veto message. “As a result of discrimination primarily based on caste is already prohibited underneath these present classes, this invoice is pointless.”

Wahab had no touch upon the veto.

Newsom signed greater than a dozen payments coping with environmental coverage over the weekend, together with a first-in-the-nation legislation requiring giant California corporations to report their greenhouse fuel emissions, a transition to electrical college buses, banning bee-killing pesticides and contemplating photo voltaic panels alongside highways.