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Jerry Brown vetoes expanded powers for homeless

August 5, 2011 |  2:21 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday he has vetoed legislation that would have given homeless people additional ability to seek civil action against those who injure them in attacks.

The measure by Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) would have added homeless persons to the list of ethnic and religious groups protected from hate crimes, including violence and intimidation, under the state’s Ralph Civil Rights Act.

"It is undeniable that homeless people are vulnerable to victimization, but California already has very strong civil and criminal laws that provide sufficient protection," Brown wrote in his veto message on AB 312.

-- Patrick McGreevy

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