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SB-51 Professional licensees: environmental sciences and climate change: whistleblower and data protection.(2017-2018)

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Bill Status
SB-51
Jackson (S)
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Professional licensees: environmental sciences and climate change: whistleblower and data protection.
01/05/17
An act to add Section 494.7 to the Business and Professions Code, and to add Section 12812.7 to the Government Code, relating to government data.
Senate
09/07/17
07/12/17

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
10/13/17 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
10/13/17 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/11/17 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
09/06/17 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 29. Noes 11. Page 2504.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
09/05/17 In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 51 without my signature.

This bill requires the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency to preserve and post online scientific information and data that might be censored or destroyed by the federal government. This bill also prohibits state licensing entities, except the State Bar, from taking disciplinary actions against public employees who report improper federal government activities or make scientific research public.

Action by the federal Administration to obfuscate and devalue scientific evidence by questioning, demoting, or firing federal scientists is dangerous and myopic. It would be difficult, however, to envision a scenario or even a legal basis where the whim of the federal Administration would lead to a disciplinary action in California.

When it comes to preserving scientific research we cannot be too careful. I am directing the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency to collaborate with universities and non-profits to compile and preserve all important and relevant scientific federal research and data.

Sincerely,



Edmund G. Brown Jr.