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Gov. Jerry Brown signs two public safety bills, vetoes a third

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed measures that improve tracking of sex offenders and violent criminals, but vetoed a bill that would have made it easier for suspected gang members to get out of court injunctions that limit their activity.

Brown signed AB 44, which extends from 45 to 60 days the period in which California prisons must notify a sheriff or police chief of the scheduled release of an inmate convicted of a "violent" felony. Brown also signed SB 622, which clarifies that sex offenders convicted in another state must register with authorities in California.

Brown vetoed SB 296 by state Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Los Angeles), which would have required the development of a form to be handed to those named in gang injunctions and, when filled out, would trigger a petition to be excluded from the injunction.

"Under current law, people who are served with a gang injunction are given the full panoply of legal rights to contest an injunction against them,’’ Brown wrote in his veto message. "Prosecutors believe that this bill will increase meritless litigation in our courts which are already laboring under severe cutbacks. I agree.’’

-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento

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Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown at event where he signed a bill to aid construction of a football stadium in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times

 
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