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SB-784 Crimes: disorderly conduct: invasion of privacy.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Galgiani (S)
Anderson (S) , Dababneh (A) , Jackson (S) , Mathis (A) , Voepel (A)
Crimes: disorderly conduct: invasion of privacy.
An act to amend Section 647 of the Penal Code, relating to crimes.

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
03/03/18 Last day to consider Governor’s veto pursuant to Joint Rule 58.5.
10/04/17 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
10/04/17 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/22/17 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
09/15/17 In Senate. Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 784 without my signature.

This bill authorizes an increased financial penalty in situations where a person takes photographs or video footage of another person without their consent and intentionally distributes it or makes it available to another person.

I don't believe the additional $1,000 called for in this bill does anything to deter this type of conduct. The underlying crime-the recording of the image-is already punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, and courts currently have discretion to order that any restitution include economic losses incurred by the victim. Moreover, civil remedies are available in these situations.

I believe that current law already provides sufficient criminal and civil liability.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.