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  •  Does anyone have a theory as to why he would (6+ / 0-)

    veto these bills? I've signed at least one petition for the UFW regarding heat protections, one particularly requesting that Brown sign the bill. I get an email every time someone dies due to heat. What's wrong with Brown? He's always been concerned about issues like this. Note: I lived in CA when his father was governor, and sort of paid attention when he was governor before.

    Your left is my right---Mort Sahl

    by HappyinNM on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 07:29:24 AM PDT

    •  I'd like to know too (3+ / 0-)
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      I mean, I knew he wasn't the most progressive of Democrats out there but this is ridiculous! I would've thought even your garden variety business-friendly Dem wouldn't have vetoed something like this. I'm hoping for Gavin Newsom or Kamala Harris next time. Brown is 74 so surely he cannot be planning on running again.

    •  Happy - I think the answer is in Brown's (1+ / 0-)
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      statement regarding the farm workers bill. These standards already exist under California law. What the new bill did was change the penalties from civil to criminal, therefore his statement "I am not convinced that creating a new crime". Don't know about the other bill.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 07:52:09 AM PDT

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      •  There were two Farm Worker safety bills (4+ / 0-)

        One making employee abuse a criminal penalty and one allowing workers to sue employers.
        It should be a crime not to provide appropriate water or shade to these workers. Weather in the central valley can get really hot.
        There is no excuse!

        On Sunday, Gov. Jerry Brown rejected The Humane Treatment for Farm Workers Act – authored by Assemblyman Charles Calderon (D-Whittier) – that would make it a misdemeanor crime, punishable by jail time and fines, to not provide appropriate water or shade to workers laboring under high heat conditions. The governor also vetoed AB 2346 – The Farm Worker Safety Act – by Assemblywoman Betsy Butler (D-Los Angeles). It would have allowed workers to enforce the state’s heat regulations by suing employers who repeatedly violate the law. The United Farm Workers strongly supported both bills. UFW President Arturo Rodriguez issued the following statement:
      •  Thank you. (1+ / 0-)
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        Your left is my right---Mort Sahl

        by HappyinNM on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 12:14:18 PM PDT

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    •  Yea, he is and has been a snake in the grass... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...his whole career.

      Nuclear Power Plant = Dirty Bomb.

      by olo on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 08:46:43 AM PDT

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    •  Obviously, the lettuce growers offered him more. (0+ / 0-)

      "I'm not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was." Mittens

      by olo on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 11:30:18 AM PDT

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