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SB-657 Human trafficking.(2009-2010)

Bill Status
Steinberg (S)
John A. Perez (A)
Brownley (A) , Saldana (A)
Human trafficking.
An act to add Section 1714.43 to the Civil Code, and to add Section 19547.5 to the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to human trafficking.
Secretary of State

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Chaptered
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/30/10 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 556, Statutes of 2010.
09/30/10 Approved by Governor.
09/03/10 Enrolled. To Governor at 4 p.m.
08/30/10 Senate concurs in Assembly amendments. (Ayes 22. Noes 14. Page 5004.) To enrollment.
08/26/10 In Senate. To unfinished business.
Governor's Veto Message

To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 657 without my signature.

This bill would require every retail seller and manufacturer doing business in California, and having annual worldwide gross sales of more than $100 million, to disclose its efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from its direct supply chain for tangible goods offered for sale. I strongly support efforts to eradicate human trafficking and have signed legislation increasing penalties against businesses and persons engaging in such conduct. I am unable to sign this measure, however. This measure, while well-intended, would impose one-size-fits-all reporting requirements on California's businesses to address a complex issue that must be addressed by other nations, governments, and international organizations.

This bill also suffers from several flaws, which will make it difficult for businesses to comply. Key terms are left undefined and it remains unclear how these policies will impact large parent corporations with multiple subsidiaries. Ultimately, this measure will leave companies operating in good faith vulnerable to litigation while leaving consumers without any useful information to guide their purchasing decisions. Companies should be encouraged to manage their supply chains and engage on issues of slavery and human trafficking where appropriate. Unfortunately, the mandatory disclosure requirements of this bill will unnecessarily burden good actors within the business community without having a measureable impact on human trafficking.

For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill.


Arnold Schwarzenegger