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SB-888 Crime: picketing. (2011-2012)

Bill Status
Lieu (S)
Anderson (S)
Crime: picketing.
An act to add Section 594.37 to the Penal Code, relating to crime.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
02/29/12 Consideration of Governor's veto stricken from file.
09/06/11 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
09/06/11 Vetoed by the Governor.
08/25/11 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
08/22/11 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 36. Noes 1. Page 2001.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 888 without my signature.

This measure seeks to address the offensive conduct of those who protest at private funerals to gain publicity for their causes, and I am very tempted to sign it. When I was the Attorney General, I joined an amicus brief in the Supreme Court arguing that funeral protesters should be held accountable to their victims. But earlier this year, the Supreme Court ruled that funeral protests are protected by the First Amendment and can be circumscribed in only extremely limited ways.

I cannot in good faith sign this measure because it plainly fails to comport with the Supreme Court's decision.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.