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AB-2317 Whistleblower protection: county patients’ rights advocates.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Eggman (A)
Reyes (A)
Whistleblower protection: county patients’ rights advocates.
An act to add Section 1102.51 to the Labor Code, and to amend Section 5550 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to employment.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/19/18 Vetoed by Governor.
08/30/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:30 p.m.
08/24/18 In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling.
08/24/18 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 39. Noes 0. Page 5703.).
08/21/18 Ordered to special consent calendar.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 2317 without my signature.

This bill would extend whistleblower protections afforded to employees to patients' rights advocates regardless of whether they are an employee, an independent contractor, or a business entity. 

While I am supportive of the larger policy goal of this bill, to protect the work of patient rights advocates, this is not the appropriate framework. The bill would expand the Labor Commissioner's jurisdiction beyond the typical employer-employee relationship into larger contract disputes between independent contractors and local governments. I do not believe such a broad change in law is warranted when there is limited evidence of a problem. 


Edmund G. Brown Jr.