Governor Vetoes Key Business Bills

Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed a number of anti-business bills this past week.  They include the following:
AB 482 (Mendoza): This bill would have banned the use of consumer credit reports in employment, unless two criteria are met.  First, the information in the credit report must be substantially job-related, where the applicant or promotion candidate would have access to money, other assets, trade secrets, or other confidential information.  Second, the position sought is either managerial, a sworn peace officer or employee of the state Department of Justice, or the information is already required by law.  This bill would have also exempted financial institutions already subject to existing privacy requirements under federal law.
AB 2340 (Monning): This bill would have given employees in California the right to take three days of unpaid time off in the event of the death of certain relatives.
SB 145 (DeSaulnier): This bill would have prohibited the consideration of race, national origin, gender, sex, genetic characteristics, and certain other factors in the delivery of workers' compensation benefits and the determination of an apportionment of the causes of an industrial disability.
SB 933 (Oropeza): This bill would have prohibited a retailer from imposing a surcharge on a cardholder who elects to use a debit card and expands the existing definition of "debit card" to include prepaid cards.
SB 1166 (Simitian): This bill would have amended California’s security breach notification law to provide that any agency, person, or business required to issue a notification under existing law must meet additional requirements regarding that notification.  This bill would have required that security breach notifications be written in plain language and contain certain specified information, including, among other things, contact information regarding the breach, the types of information breached, and, if possible to determine, the date, estimated date, or date range of the breach.  SB 1166 would have provided that a security breach notification may also include other specified information, at the discretion of the entity issuing the notification.  Lastly, the measure would have provided that any agency, person, or business that must provide a security breach notification under existing law to more than 500 California residents as a result of a single breach would be required to submit the notification electronically to the Attorney General.

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